\ˈkwī(-ə)r \

Definition of choir 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an organized company of singers (as in a church service) greeted by a large male choir wearing red bowties and singing carolsNew Yorker

2 : a group of instruments of the same class a brass choir

3 : an organized group of persons or things … travels with a suite of assistants and a choir of publicists.— L. R. Lapham

4 : a division of angels

5 : the part of a church occupied by the singers or by the clergy also : the part of a church where the services are performed

6 : a group organized for ensemble speaking


choired; choiring; choirs

Definition of choir (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to sing or sound in chorus or concert The woodwinds choired eloquently.

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Synonyms for choir

Synonyms: Noun

chorale, chorus, consort, glee club

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Examples of choir in a Sentence


joined the choir for next year

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The performance was backed by the soulful voices of a gospel choir. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "Snoop Dogg Takes the BET Awards 2018 to Church With a Lively Medley," 24 June 2018 Renowned gospel singer, Barbara Johnson Tucker, and members of the gospel choir, A Chosen Few, will sing at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Gospel singer Barbara Johnson Tucker and A Chosen Few to sing at St. Paul’s Methodist," 12 June 2018 More recently, a gospel choir performed it across the pond at the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "Composer Mike Stoller on origin of 'Kansas City' & Meghan Markle using 'Stand By Me'," 31 May 2018 Another, Chris, crammed an entire gospel choir into his limo, who emerged to sing a song of love and roses. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Premiere Recap: After Arie, Becca Looks for Love," 29 May 2018 Growing up in Polk County, the gospel choir boy was content to belt it out in the churches of Winter Haven and Lake Wales. Trevor Fraser,, "Chris Blue brings his winning voice to Orlando," 29 May 2018 Kensington Palace released the order of service for Saturday's Anglican ceremony with an American flavor that mixes prayers, classical music, a gospel choir and sweet soul sounds. Leora Arnowitz, Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's royal wedding: Guests begin arriving, couple's new titles revealed," 19 May 2018 Here are five things to do April 13-18 in Lake County: Joyful song: A gospel choir concert will be held at 6 p.m. April 14 at the James Lumber Center Mainstgage Theatre. Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to do in Lake County April 13-18," 9 Apr. 2018 The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 4, and the preceding Saturday at 2 PM, Evans's sister Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid leads a 60-strong gospel choir in a joyous, rafter-raising free performance in the library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Gossip Wolf, Chicago Reader, "Harold Washington Library celebrates the Reverend Clay Evans with a free gospel concert," 27 Feb. 2018

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The event took place at Fildelfia Chruch on Monday and saw singers from the Happy Voices choir take part in the rendition. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A year ago an EDM festival invaded the Texas RenFest grounds and the neighbors were miffed," 1 May 2018 Later on, Hughes spoke to choir students at Brookfield Central about his journey, living in New York, acting and, of course, the Tony nominations. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brookfield Central graduate, and 'Frozen' musical star, just had his show nominated for 3 Tony Awards," 1 May 2018 From Snapchat filters to choir singalongs, the bigger the stunt, the better — with plenty of behind-the-scenes coordination to make sure the stunt goes off without a hitch. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "Have Promposals Gotten Too Extra?," 24 Apr. 2018 Within sleep, all the hidden things choiring like starlings. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Pretty Girls Turned Hungry Ghosts," 27 Feb. 2018 The red-coated Philadelphia boys choir singing along to the storm. Ellen Dunkel,, "Pennsylvania Ballet delivers the Christmas magic in 'Nutcracker'," 10 Dec. 2017 Bastyr has truly remarkable acoustics -- how brass swells build and choir blends in that room is extraordinary -- and the Northwest Sinfonia’s players gave us great performances of some very challenging music. Brian Leak, Billboard, "'Middle-earth: Shadow Of War' Composers on the Pressures of Scoring Tolkien-Inspired Video Games," 1 Nov. 2017 And while the real Kate (who is no stranger to choir performances!) won’t be in attendance, her lookalikes are doing her proud. Erin Hill,, "There’s an All-Female Choir in Britain That Dresses Up as Kate Middleton — and It’s Perfection," 26 Oct. 2017 The show, written by Nancy Hersage and directed by William Liberatore, was a fundraiser for the Gunn High Tour Scholarship fund, which is to help choir students get to Ireland for the June tour. John Orr, The Mercury News, "‘And Then There Were Nuns’ sung to support Gunn High Choir tour," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of choir


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for choir


Middle English quer, from Anglo-French queor, from Medieval Latin chorus, from Latin, chorus — more at chorus


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English Language Learners Definition of choir

: a group of singers especially in a church

: the part of a church where the singers sit


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Kids Definition of choir

1 : an organized group of singers especially in a church

2 : the part of a church set aside for the singers

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