from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An exercise, composition, or arrangement in which a performer sings solmization syllables or other meaningless vocal sounds rather than a text.
  • v. Chiefly British Variant of vocalize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a vocal exercise sung in one or more vowels without actually forming any words
  • v. Alternative spelling of vocalize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An exercise or study for singers, usually without words. Compare solfeggio.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter with vibrating vocal chords
  • v. pronounce as a vowel
  • v. utter speech sounds
  • v. sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
  • v. express or state clearly


French, from vocaliser, to vocalize, from vocal, vocal, from Old French; see vocal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From vocal +‎ -ise (Wiktionary)
From French (Wiktionary)



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