\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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Candlelight features a mass choir, orchestra and celebrity narrator reading the Christmas story at the theme park’s America Gardens Theatre. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Familiar narrators set for Epcot's Candlelight Processional," 9 July 2018 Hearing thousands of people clapping along and singing those words, their voices united like a choir, was a legitimate goosebumps moment. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With new songs, Shawn Mendes makes a mighty impression at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 5 July 2018 On May 19, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had their beautiful royal wedding at that very venue — complete with a sea of flowers, a performance by a gospel choir, and a powerful sermon that touched on the civil-rights movement. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Queen Elizabeth Will Meet With Trump at the Royal Wedding Venue," 27 June 2018 For 19 members of Clarksville Middle School’s chamber choir, school is not officially over. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Singing their way to Carnegie Hall," 21 June 2018 Featuring area church choirs and choral groups, the event is free. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 20 June 2018 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here The SA 300 Tricentennial event will include Catholic choirs, families, youth and members of the Knights of Columbus and other fraternal organizations. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. to mark St. Anthony’s feast day with lighted procession downtown," 7 June 2018 The free event features performances by the award-winning school jazz bands, choirs and drumlines, with a special performance by The Detroit Underground. Linda Mcintosh,, "New CEO takes the helm at animal news," 31 May 2018 Last year, she was convicted of stealing thousands of pounds from a community choir to pay for the group’s 2015 trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall, John Hudson reports. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 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


see choir entry 1

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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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one that holds something together

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