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carol

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noun car·ol \ˈker-əl, ˈka-rəl\

Definition of carol

  1. 1 :  an old round dance with singing

  2. 2 :  a song of joy or mirth the carol of a bird — Lord Byron

  3. 3 :  a popular song or ballad of religious joy

Examples of carol in a Sentence

  1. We sang our favorite carols while we decorated the tree.

  2. sang carols at the Christmas Eve service

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Origin and Etymology 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


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carol

verb car·ol

Definition of carol

caroled

or

carolled

;

caroling

or

carolling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sing especially in a joyful manner

  3. 2 :  to sing carols; specifically :  to go about outdoors in a group singing Christmas carols

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to praise in or as if in song

  6. 2 :  to sing especially in a cheerful manner :  warble

caroler

or

caroller

play \-ə-lər\ noun

Examples of carol in a Sentence

  1. Last night, we went caroling with our friends.

  2. she caroled with glee when she heard the good news

Recent Examples of carol from the Web

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First Known Use of carol

14th century



CAROL Defined for English Language Learners

carol

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noun

Definition of carol for English Language Learners

  • : a song sung during the Christmas season

carol

verb

Definition of carol for English Language Learners

  • : to go from place to place singing Christmas carols


CAROL Defined for Kids

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carol

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noun car·ol \ˈker-əl\

Definition of carol for Students

  1. :  a usually religious song of joy


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carol

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verb car·ol

Definition of carol for Students

caroled

or

carolled

;

caroling

or

carolling

  1. 1 :  to sing in a joyful manner

  2. 2 :  to sing carols and especially Christmas carols

caroler

or

caroller

noun


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