Definition of vocalise in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈvōkəˌlēz/ /ˌvōkəˈlēz/


1A singing exercise using individual syllables or vowel sounds to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone.
Example sentences
  • You likely will be able to develop a comprehensive warm-up routine and work on various vocalises, études or vocal methods, called ‘vocal study.’
  • You will learn and memorize eight to ten songs of increasing difficulty per semester and possibly more, in addition to getting greater benefit out of your vocalises.
  • From another direction came the most exquisite vocalises; Paul was warming up.
1.1A vocal passage consisting of a melody without words: the second movement is in the spirit of a vocalise
More example sentences
  • There are two vocal items, a wordless vocalise with flute and guitar and a trenchant, highly effective group of eight Haiku, a minute each.
  • The vocalise extends through all four sections, to be taken up by the entire Kremerata Baltica (with crunching organ chords!) in the finale.
  • Like most of Grainger's vocalises, the voice sings its own counter-tune, rather than double anything in the accompaniment.

Words that rhyme with vocalise

delocalize, focalize
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.