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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 Guest artists are sopranos Kara Guggenmos and Katy Green, mezzo Gabrielle Pierle, and the concert choirs of Dimond, Bartlett, and South and West Anchorage high schools. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "There’s a great slate of music, theater and storytelling coming to entertain us until summer," 2 Jan. 2020 On Saturday, more than a hundred choir members sang hymns and young church members performed choreography representing the religion's diverse reach across the world. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "La Luz del Mundo celebrates 5 years of religion's growth at Civic Space Park in Phoenix," 15 Dec. 2019 Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any band, orchestra or choir member. Tracy Trobridge,, "Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Christmas parade in Lisbon helps fight hunger," 11 Dec. 2019 Robin Tyson, his manager and a former choir member, said the cause was cancer. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Stephen Cleobury, Longtime Leader of Fabled Choir, Dies at 70," 5 Dec. 2019 Victor was a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ, serving as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, Gideon, and deacon at churches in both Connecticut and Florida., "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/5," 4 Dec. 2019 The hearts of choir members have been found to thump as one. Time, "The Day Clocks Changed Across America: What Happened When the U.S. Adopted Standardized Time," 18 Nov. 2019 The Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra Season opener includes Vivaldi’s Gloria in D with choir members from West High School and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 featuring violinist Tina Chang Qu. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: Beethoven, Salonen and more," 12 Oct. 2019 The ceremony was held in the Performing Arts Center and included a welcome from Emmanuel (Gus) Scaria, current NHS president, as well as the singing of the alma mater by North Royalton High School choir members. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Get spooked at Spotlights Theater’s Local Lore Ghost Walk: Talk of the Towns," 11 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Choir.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce choir (audio)

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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