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 With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Knitting Factory & Kino Lorber Launch Film Fest With Docs on Grace Jones, Gordon Lightfoot," 12 Oct. 2020 The second choirboy died from an accidental overdose after years of drug abuse. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, "Cardinal Pell to take fight against child sex conviction to the High Court," 17 Sep. 2019 He had been accused of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys after Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 Almost 10 years earlier, in 1994, Van Handel had pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious behavior with a 14-year-old choirboy and gone to prison. USA Today, "Most priests accused of sexually abusing children were never sent to prison. Here's why," 12 Nov. 2019 Christopher Smith’s photographs are technically self-portraits, though each evokes someone else: a sullen detective, a naked gladiator, a flapper, an inmate, a sword swallower, a cowboy, a choirboy, a corpse. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of choirboy

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of choirboy

: a boy who is a member of a church choir

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