carol


1car·ol

noun \ˈker-əl, ˈka-rəl\

: a song sung during the Christmas season

Full Definition of CAROL

1
:  an old round dance with singing
2
:  a song of joy or mirth <the carol of a bird — Lord Byron>
3
:  a popular song or ballad of religious joy

Examples of CAROL

  1. We sang our favorite carols while we decorated the tree.
  2. <sang carols at the Christmas Eve service>

Origin of CAROL

Middle English carole, from Anglo-French, modification of Late Latin choraula choral song, from Latin, choral accompanist, from Greek choraulēs, from choros chorus + aulein to play a reed instrument, from aulos, a reed instrument — more at alveolus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with CAROL

2carol

verb

: to go from place to place singing Christmas carols

caroled or carolledcarol·ing or carol·ling

Full Definition of CAROL

intransitive verb
1
:  to sing especially in a joyful manner
2
:  to sing carols; specifically :  to go about outdoors in a group singing Christmas carols
transitive verb
1
:  to praise in or as if in song
2
:  to sing especially in a cheerful manner :  warble
car·ol·er or car·ol·ler \-ə-lər\ noun

Examples of CAROL

  1. Last night, we went caroling with our friends.
  2. <she caroled with glee when she heard the good news>

First Known Use of CAROL

14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with CAROL

carol

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Popular song, usually of religious joy, associated with a season, especially Christmas. It typically alternates verses with a repeated refrain or chorus. The carol originated in medieval England, with texts in English or Latin or both, and it was often associated with dancing and processions. The French noël, the German Weihnachtslied, and the Spanish villancico can also be regarded as carols.

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