choir

noun
\ 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

choir

verb
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

chorale, chorus, consort, glee club

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Examples of choir in a Sentence

Noun

joined the choir for next year

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chad is the director of choirs at Firestone High School and coordinator of voice for the Akron School of the Arts. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "AAUW awards scholarships to two local women: Whit & Whimsey," 7 June 2019 As part of a children's choir at the Sunday Service, North performed alongside her little brother Saint, and cousin Penelope Disick. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch North West Singing "Nothing Compares 2U" at Kanye's Sunday Service," 27 May 2019 By the end of the episode, the actor completed his mission and chose the Voices of Hope children's choir as his golden buzzer pick. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Livid That Ken Jeong Didn't Give the Bow and Arrow Act the Golden Buzzer," 18 July 2018 Here now is a member of the choir, Zion's Joy, Kay Insley. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 The groom’s mother is a legal secretary and a member of the choir at the Church of St. James in Elstead, Surrey. New York Times, "Marie Louise Ricculli, Owen Edwards," 24 June 2018 Members of the chamber choir auditioned for their positions in the group, which typically performs more advanced music, Ringenberg said. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Singing their way to Carnegie Hall," 21 June 2018 Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, paired her mint green Oscar de la Renta dress with her gorgeous locs, while members of the gospel choir styled their hair with everything from weaves to twists to chic knots. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Meme Shows How Important Serena Williams's Royal Wedding Conrows Really Were," 22 May 2018 If the star of Notre Dame’s choir was asked to appear in Pitch Perfect 85, or whatever the next sequel in that franchise is, there’d be high-fiving all around, not urgent meetings with lawyers and compliance officers. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "NCAA breaks its rules for Dancing With the Stars, and that's progress," 13 Apr. 2018

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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 The red-coated Philadelphia boys choir singing along to the storm. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Ballet delivers the Christmas magic in 'Nutcracker'," 10 Dec. 2017 Bastyr has truly remarkable acoustics -- how brass swells build and choir blends in that room is extraordinary -- and the Northwest Sinfonia’s players gave us great performances of some very challenging music. Brian Leak, Billboard, "'Middle-earth: Shadow Of War' Composers on the Pressures of Scoring Tolkien-Inspired Video Games," 1 Nov. 2017 And while the real Kate (who is no stranger to choir performances!) won’t be in attendance, her lookalikes are doing her proud. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "There’s an All-Female Choir in Britain That Dresses Up as Kate Middleton — and It’s Perfection," 26 Oct. 2017 The show, written by Nancy Hersage and directed by William Liberatore, was a fundraiser for the Gunn High Tour Scholarship fund, which is to help choir students get to Ireland for the June tour. John Orr, The Mercury News, "‘And Then There Were Nuns’ sung to support Gunn High Choir tour," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of choir

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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choir

noun

English Language Learners Definition of choir

: a group of singers especially in a church
: the part of a church where the singers sit

choir

noun
\ 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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