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chorus

play
noun cho·rus \ˈkȯr-əs\

Simple Definition of chorus

  • : a group of singers and dancers in an ancient Greek play who take part in or talk about the things that are happening on stage

  • : a group of singers and dancers in a modern play, musical show, etc.

  • : a large group of singers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chorus

  1. 1 a :  a company of singers and dancers in Athenian drama participating in or commenting on the action; also :  a similar company in later plays b :  a character in Elizabethan drama who speaks the prologue and epilogue and comments on the action c :  an organized company of singers who sing in concert :  choir; especially :  a body of singers who sing the choral parts of a work (as in opera) d :  a group of dancers and singers supporting the featured players in a musical comedy or revue

  2. 2 a :  a part of a song or hymn recurring at intervals b :  the part of a drama sung or spoken by the chorus c :  a composition to be sung by a number of voices in concert d :  the main part of a popular song; also :  a jazz variation on a melodic theme

  3. 3 a :  something performed, sung, or uttered simultaneously or unanimously by a number of persons or animals <a chorus of boos> <that eternal chorus of: “Are we there yet?” from the back seat — Sheila More> b :  sounds so uttered <visitors are taken to the woods by car to hear the mournful choruses of howling wolves — Bob Gaines>

in chorus

  1. :  in unison <answering in chorus>

Examples of chorus in a sentence

  1. We awoke to a chorus of birdsong.

  2. The President's policies have been questioned by a growing chorus of critics.



Origin and Etymology of chorus

Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros


First Known Use: 1567


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chorus

verb cho·rus

Simple Definition of chorus

  • : to say (something) all together : to say (something) in chorus

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chorus

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sing or utter in chorus

Examples of chorus in a sentence

  1. The class chorused Good morning!.



1826

First Known Use of chorus

1826

Rhymes with chorus



CHORUS Defined for Kids

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chorus

play
noun cho·rus \ˈkȯr-əs\

Definition of chorus for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of singers :  choir

  2. 2 :  a group of dancers and singers (as in a musical comedy)

  3. 3 :  a part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often :  refrain

  4. 4 :  a song meant to be sung by a group :  group singing

  5. 5 :  sounds uttered by a group of persons or animals together <There was a chorus of deep growls … — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book>




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chorus

play
verb cho·rus

Definition of chorus for Students

chorused

chorusing

  1. :  to speak, sing, or sound at the same time or together <“Yes, yes!” they chorused. “Come on! Let's go!” — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach>





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