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[voh-kuh-list] /ˈvoʊ kə lɪst/
a singer.
Origin of vocalist
1605-15; vocal + -ist Unabridged
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  • He was a good flautist, and composed several operas for Schikaneder's company, which he joined as a vocalist in 1784.

  • At first he had thought but of the charming lady, the vocalist, and the recluse.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • A vocalist can sing an air, but can you imagine a vocalist singing through an entire programme without accompaniment?

  • A young performer, vocalist or elocutionist, is often introduced at a luncheon.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • He sang in Baltimore, the papers of which city were forced to accord to him high merit as a vocalist.

  • They were listening to a vocalist who happened to be Barby's favorite of the moment.

  • He could easily have secured both by remaining on the stage as an actor, after he had lost his power as a vocalist.

British Dictionary definitions for vocalist


a singer, esp one who regularly appears with a jazz band or pop group
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Word Origin and History for vocalist

1610s, "speaker;" 1834, "singer;" from vocal + -ist.

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