choirboy

noun
choir·​boy | \ ˈkwī(-ə)r-ˌbȯi How to pronounce choirboy (audio) \

Definition of choirboy

1 : a boy member of a choir
2 : an innocent or virtuous man : altar boy sense 2 They're not thugs, but they're not choirboys either …— Phil Taylor

Examples of choirboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this end Mr Bellamy, with the clean-cut looks of a choirboy, was an apt choice. The Economist, "France’s Republican party faces extinction," 29 June 2019 The charges relate to two incidents involving two 13-year-old choirboys in the mid-1990s. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, "Cardinal Pell to take fight against child sex conviction to the High Court," 17 Sep. 2019 One of the former choirboys was the key prosecution witness. Washington Post, "The Latest: Lawyer says victim’s father cried at Pell ruling," 21 Aug. 2019 Wilson’s choirboy tenor given new grit and the rhythm section bearing down like a steamroller. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "10 Must-Hear Tracks From the Massive New Woodstock Anniversary Box Set," 2 Aug. 2019 Also interviewed is the 12-year-old choirboy left to sing solo when his colleagues, seemingly overwhelmed by the moment, lost their voices. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Sixty-Five Years Later, the Queen Recalls Her Coronation," 12 Jan. 2018 The father of the dead choirboy, neither of whom can be named, attended the court hearing on Wednesday, the father lawyer’s Lisa Flynn said before the hearing. Washington Post, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019 The father of the dead choirboy, neither of whom can be named, attended the court hearing on Wednesday, the father lawyer's Lisa Flynn said before the hearing. NBC News, "Cardinal George Pell denied appeal on conviction for molestation of choirboys," 13 Mar. 2019 Holden starts as a textbook Groff character: neat, bookish, pretty, an F.B.I. choirboy who becomes a teacher and researcher after a hostage situation goes wrong. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of choirboy

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Choirboy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choirboy. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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choirboy

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English Language Learners Definition of choirboy

: a boy who is a member of a church choir

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