carol

1 of 2

noun

car·​ol ˈker-əl How to pronounce carol (audio)
ˈka-rəl
1
: an old round dance with singing
2
: a song of joy or mirth
the carol of a birdLord Byron
3
: a popular song or ballad of religious joy

carol

2 of 2

verb

caroled or carolled; caroling or carolling

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
caroler noun
or caroller
ˈker-ə-lər How to pronounce carol (audio)
ˈka-rə-

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
What Kids Like: George is at his most adorable experiencing Christmas traditions—like baking cookies, choosing a tree, and singing carols—for the very first time. Suelain Moy, Parents, 14 June 2024 Their polo games and appearances at the charity’s annual carol service, which alone raised more than $630,000, contributed significantly to the funds. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024
Verb
Many of the daily showings include a caroling sing-along with the theater's house organist playing the Wurlitzer. Paige Porter Fischer, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 On Saturday, the Churchtown Dairy in Claverack, N.Y., once again hosted a Yuletide tradition: caroling to the herd of 28 cattle that call the cathedral-like barn their winter home. Arielle Gordon Alexandra Genova, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for carol 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Carol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carol. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

carol

1 of 2 noun
car·​ol ˈkar-əl How to pronounce carol (audio)
: a usually religious song of joy

carol

2 of 2 verb
caroled or carolled; caroling or carolling
1
: to sing especially in a joyful manner
2
: to sing carols and especially Christmas carols
caroler noun
or caroller

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