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

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.

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 As a member of Full Gospel True Mission Church, Mr. Harris served on the usher board, was soloist with the choir, taught Sunday school and was an active member of the brotherhood. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Seven hanged himself in his bedroom closet when his mother was out grocery shopping and his father was practicing with the church choir. Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 This time, Packer mixed it up with a grand choir and provided three of those who died brief eulogies from celebrities who knew them. Rodney Ho, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 This extraordinary piece, co-produced and co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, had its world premiere last November at the Royal Danish Opera House with the choir Ars Nova Copenhagen. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Despite taking steps to spread out singers in the church, 52 out of 61 participants tested positive for COVID within a few weeks, and two choir members died. The Week Staff, The Week, 24 Apr. 2022 Others have their choir members get tested prior to singing their hymns on Sunday morning and others are installing systems to improve ventilation in their sanctuaries. Mark Nichols, ABC News, 26 Feb. 2022 Martin showed up at Hayley's practice with the show's carpenter Joanie Sprague and designer Tiffany Thompson, sneaking up on their subject and her fellow choir members, before joining the ensemble. Glenn Garner,, 14 Jan. 2022 Also performing at the recent ceremony were Valley Forge High School choir members. John Benson, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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., 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, 1 May 2018 See More

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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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19 Jun 2022

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“Choir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for choir


\ 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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