Meaning of VOICE in English


I. ˈvȯis noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English voice, vois, from Old French vois, voiz, from Latin voc-, vox; akin to Latin vocare to call, Old High German gi wahanen to mention, remember, gi waht mention, fame, Old Norse vāttr witness, vātta to witness, affirm, Greek epos word, opa (accusative) voice, Sanskrit vāk voice, vakti he says


a. : sound produced by vertebrates by means of lungs, larynx or syrinx, and various buccal structures

the chorused voices of the birds

especially : sound so produced by human beings (as in speaking, singing, crying, or shouting)


(1) : the musical sound produced by the vocal cords and resonated by the various cavities of head and throat and differing chiefly from voice in speaking in the greater prolongation of vowel sounds on definite pitches

(2) : the power or ability to produce musical tones

have a voice

train the voice

(3) : singer

the great voices of an age

(4) also voice part : one of the melodic parts in a vocal or instrumental composition

the bass voice of a fugue

(5) : condition of the vocal organs with respect to the production of especially musical tones

be in good voice

(6) : the use of the voice in singing, acting, public speaking

study voice

classes in voice

c. : expiration of air with the vocal cords drawn close so as to vibrate audibly (as in uttering vowels and such consonant sounds as v or z) — compare breath 7, voiceless , whisper

d. : the organs by which uttered sound is produced

strained her voice with coughing

e. : the faculty or power of utterance : speech

fear took away his voice


a. : characteristic sound produced by animals using other than vocal mechanisms (as stridulation)

cheerful voice of the cricket

b. : a sound resembling or suggesting vocal utterance

distant voice of a waterfall

silvery voices of bells

hoarse voice of a foghorn

wailing voices of sirens

3. : something resembling human speech in being an instrument or medium of expression

majestic voice of the law

voice of conservatism


a. : wish, choice, or opinion openly or formally expressed

policy adopted despite many dissenting voices

b. : the right to express a wish, choice, or opinion : say , suffrage

every member of the family had a voice in making the plan

5. obsolete : rumor , fame

6. : one that speaks : one that warns, urges, prompts, or commands

guided by an inner voice

ancestral voices prophesying war — S.T.Coleridge

voice of doom

saw visions and heard voices

7. : distinction of form or a particular system of inflections of a verb to indicate the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses — see active , middle , passive

- with one voice

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English voicen, voisen, from voice, vois voice

transitive verb


a. : to give utterance to : utter

a chance to voice his objections

has voiced the sentiments of the whole group

b. obsolete : report , rumor

2. obsolete : to appoint by or as if by voting : elect

3. : to adjust for producing the proper musical sounds : regulate the tone of

to voice the pipes of an organ

4. : to utter with sonant or vocal tone produced by vibration of the vocal cords : pronounce with voice

the vowels and such consonants as b, v, j are voiced in contrast with p, f, ch

intransitive verb

: to pronounce a sound with voice

Synonyms: see express

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