\ ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce choir (audio) \

Definition of choir

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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

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Examples of choir in a Sentence

Noun joined the choir for next year
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were able to collaborate and bring in a children’s choir. Ariana Romero,, "The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Show Was Secretly Very Sexy," 8 Feb. 2021 This year’s performer was The Weeknd, just The Weeknd, along with dancers, a choir, musicians and fireworks. oregonlive, "Fireworks and a million Weeknds: Super Bowl 55 halftime show has plenty of firepower, showmanship," 8 Feb. 2021 The choir's stands looked like a cityscape and appeared at the top of the Tampa, Florida, stadium. Tomás Mier,, "All the Celeb Reactions to The Weeknd's Super Bowl 2021 Halftime Show Performance: 'Sounded Great!'," 7 Feb. 2021 The film follows the rise of Ms. Franklin’s career, from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to an iconic and international superstar. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The 11 Most Anticipated Films Of 2021," 21 Jan. 2021 Chinn worked with the children's choir at a church, Jackson worked in the office at a high school and Black was a teacher's aide at National Presbyterian School in Washington, according to The Washington Post. Michael Kunzelman And Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution," 16 Jan. 2021 The events include a parade and choir concert Saturday starting at 11 a.m., followed by a youth extravaganza Sunday featuring area church praise dance groups and step teams from Garland high schools. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "NAACP Garland’s Facebook page removed days before MLK celebration," 15 Jan. 2021 The Royal Family posted a video of the St. George's Chapel choir singing earlier in the day. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Queen Elizabeth II delivers hopeful Christmas message about pandemic: 'You are not alone'," 26 Dec. 2020 According to legend, the organ had been damaged by flooding, and so the Mohr accompanied the choir himself with guitar. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Christmas Playlist," 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The college eventually approved his request for about $2,500 worth of sound equipment to make car choir a reality for the winter quarter, which began Jan. 4. Rachel Alexander, oregonlive, "‘Car choir’ allows Oregon singers to gather safely during COVID-19," 20 Jan. 2021 Margret Boes-Ingraham, 72, used to drive her 14-year-old granddaughter to choir practice a few times a week near Salt Lake City, then stay to listen to her sing. Lindsay Whitehurst, USA TODAY, "In a crisis 'you want to be with people you love, and we can't.' Grandparenting goes digital.," 31 Mar. 2020 Phoebe Pagano, one of McHugh’s students, said her favorite part of Helping Hands is when Jonah walks with the group to choir and gym class. cleveland, "Helping Hands program expands to Dover Intermediate School: West Shore Chatter," 17 Feb. 2020 Video footage runs on three sides, with the preacher and choir up front and fellow churchgoers on each side of you, giving you the feeling of being a participant. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019 In Santa Barbara, California, Robert Van Handel was a Franciscan monk who founded a local boys choir and worked as principal of St. Anthony’s Seminary. USA Today, "Most priests accused of sexually abusing children were never sent to prison. Here's why," 12 Nov. 2019 The photo was taken during their visit to Tupou College, where the boys choir memorably serenading the parents-to-be with a cheeky song to keep mosquitos at bay that included the students making buzzing sounds. Stephanie Petit,, "See the Pre-Baby Photo Meghan Markle Chose as a Thank-You Note for Her Birthday Well-Wishers," 5 Sep. 2019 Anderson also served as a youth group leader for the boys choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lake Oswego for six years in the mid-1990s, police said., "Former Portland school volunteer caught up in online sting, accused of luring minor," 15 Aug. 2019 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

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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

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19 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Choir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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


\ ˈkwīr How to pronounce choir (audio) \

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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