Etymology
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vocalist (n.)

1610s, "speaker" (obsolete); 1817, "singer," as opposed to "instrumental performer;" from vocal + -ist.

updated on March 17, 2014

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Definitions of vocalist from WordNet

vocalist (n.)
a person who sings;
Synonyms: singer / vocalizer / vocaliser
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