carol

noun
car·ol | \ ˈker-əl , ˈka-rəl \

Definition of carol 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

carol

verb
caroled or carolled; caroling or carolling

Definition of carol (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from carol

Verb

caroler or caroller \-ə-lər \ noun

Examples of carol in a Sentence

Noun

We sang our favorite carols while we decorated the tree. sang carols at the Christmas Eve service

Verb

Last night, we went caroling with our friends. she caroled with glee when she heard the good news
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the zoo's annual breakfast and lunch with Santa, guests will enjoy Christmas carols and visit not only with Santa, but also with Mrs. Claus and the elves. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ho ho ho! 4 places to see Santa in metro Milwaukee," 16 Nov. 2017 Blues Bourbon gets a classic R&B playlist, while the seasonal Snow Wheat whiskey is paired with Christmas carols. Brad Japhe, Billboard, "How Distilleries Use Hip-Hop, EDM and Reggae to Age Booze," 20 June 2018 Enjoy Christmas carols and a Christmas feast at the Armory Dec. 22 and 23. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Friday Festive Eve, The Nutcracker and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 17 Dec. 2017 Glimpse rarely seen artifacts, make a holiday craft, interact with costumed docents and hear holiday carols from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be making an appearance as well! Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: Milwaukee Holiday Parade, Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee and more," 14 Nov. 2017 The only way to summon the man in red, Page recalls, was to sing Christmas carols at the top of your lungs. Maria Carter, Country Living, "How a North Carolina Summer Camp Started Christmas in July," 13 July 2017 Enjoy your own Chinese-food meal with this hot and spicy pork dish—carols not included. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "20 Perfectly Paired Christmas Movie and Dinner Combos," 12 Dec. 2017 German and refugee kids run around and sing a Christmas carol, Lasst uns froh und munter sein (let’s be happy and cheerful). The Economist, "Whose Heimat?A land of multiple identities," 12 Apr. 2018 For example: In a world overrun with Christmas carols, the masses were yearning for a Thanksgiving tune. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "10 Best Viral Memes That Took Over the Internet in 2016," 12 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And obviously the movie starts with them caroling and cutting down the tree and bringing it to the house. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "We Can't Believe We Never Noticed This Weird Thing About 'Christmas Vacation'," 15 Dec. 2017 This 19th-century celebration of Christmas will feature storytelling, live performances by holiday characters, horsedrawn bobsled rides, caroling, food sampling and a visit with Santa. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: "The Nutcracker" opening, Dickens of a Day, holiday animation and more," 6 Dec. 2017 Celebrate the birth of a Brit Lit great with a brooding stroll across England’s moor country, or carol your way through a not-so-silent night in Austria’s Salzburg region this Christmas to celebrate 200 years of a world-famous hymn. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Ten Major Anniversaries Worth Traveling For This Year," 30 Jan. 2018 If the temperature doesn't drop into the single digits, the party may continue in the form of caroling around a few neighborhoods. Liz Matthews, Town & Country, "Local Holiday Color," 19 Dec. 2013 Mr. Pintard, Mr. Goldstein said, was upset by the rowdy and boozy celebrations held around Christmas by farm hands indulging in caroling sessions. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Santa’s a New Yorker. You Got a Problem With That?," 15 Dec. 2016 She and Kirsten met thirteen years ago, at the Christmas-carolling party of a mutual friend. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "The Prairie Wife," 13 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carol.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carol

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for carol

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carol

Dictionary Entries near carol

carob brown

carob gum

caroche

carol

caroli

Carol II

carolin

Phrases Related to carol

Christmas carol

Statistics for carol

Last Updated

25 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carol

The first known use of carol was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carol

carol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a song sung during the Christmas season

carol

verb

English Language Learners Definition of carol (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go from place to place singing Christmas carols

carol

noun
car·ol | \ ˈker-əl \

Kids Definition of carol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually religious song of joy

carol

verb
caroled or carolled; caroling or carolling

Kids Definition of carol (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to sing in a joyful manner

2 : to sing carols and especially Christmas carols

Other words from carol

caroler or caroller noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on carol

What made you want to look up carol? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!