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choir

noun \ ˈkwī(-ə)r \

Definition of choir

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

Examples of choir in a Sentence

  1. joined the choir for next year

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Origin and Etymology of choir

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

choir Synonyms

Synonyms
chorus, chorale, consort, glee club
Related Words
ensemble; minstrelsy

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choir

verb

Definition of choir

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

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Origin and Etymology of choir

see 1choir



CHOIR Defined for English Language Learners

choir

noun

Definition of choir for English Language Learners

  • : a group of singers especially in a church

  • : the part of a church where the singers sit


CHOIR Defined for Kids

choir

noun \ ˈkwīr \

Definition of choir for Students

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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