\ 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 choir practice wrapped up, Sturdivant and his fellow graduates headed off for lunch and a wardrobe change. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 In May 2020, a two-hour choir practice involving 61 people led to over 50 cases of Covid-19, three hospitalizations, and two deaths. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic, superspreading at business conferences, political events and even choir practice helped shape understanding of just how transmissible the coronavirus could be. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 At the start of the pandemic, a choir practice in Washington state turned fatal. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2022 And while most of the supporting players manage to make an impression with limited screen time, Murray Hill makes the biggest splash as Fred Rococo, the cheerful choir practice emcee. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 The choir moment was a fitting conclusion to the season that saw Logan Roy (Brian Cox) at the top of his game, while the Roy siblings have stumbled. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Backed by an 18-person choir and band, Legend dives deep into his catalogue, performing not only his own hits, but also songs he's been featured in over the years and others that inspired him. Mark Gray,, 23 Apr. 2022 Growing up, Marzz sang in the church’s choir, where their aunt was the First Lady. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 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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The first known use of choir was in the 14th century

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14 May 2022

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“Choir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ 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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