Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech
  2. (noun, communication) the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract
    the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations
  3. (noun, event) a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance
    the incessant voices of the artillery
  4. (noun, communication) expressing in coherent verbal form
    I gave voice to my feelings
  5. (noun, act) a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
    the Times is not the voice of New York
    conservatism has many voices
  6. (noun, communication) something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression
    the voice of experience
    he said his voices told him to do it
  7. (noun, person) (metonymy) a singer
  8. (noun, person) an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
  9. (noun, attribute) the ability to speak
  10. (noun, linkdef) (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
  11. (noun, communication) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
  12. (verb, communication) give voice to
  13. (verb, communication) utter with vibrating vocal chords

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Antonyms of Voice


Origin of the word Voice

  1. late 13c., "sound made by the human mouth," from O.Fr. voiz, from L. vocem (nom. vox) "voice, sound, utterance, cry, call, speech, sentence, language, word," related to vocare "to call," from PIE base *wek- "give vocal utterance, speak" (cf. Skt. vakti "speaks, says," vacas- "word;" Avestan vac- "speak, say;" Gk. aor. e… more

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