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

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But as that becomes a major news story, no one seems to care that Kamala Harris grew up singing a Baptist choir. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Overlooked," 18 Apr. 2019 The service also will include choir performances and a bagpiper. Fox News, "The Latest: Senate chaplain thanks God for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 Construction on the cathedral began in 1160 under France's Bishop Maurice de Sully, beginning with the church's choir and ambulatories, at the end of the structure close to the altar. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 There was a black cellist and there was a black choir and a black pastor. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Trevor Noah Is Here With the Royal Wedding Stand-Up Set You Were Waiting For," 23 May 2018 Space constraints at the Garden mean the backing choir and orchestra are recorded, which occasionally mars a quiet moment. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Garden's 'Hunchback' is a musical mix of flaws, charms," 4 May 2018 For the chorus of the lattermost, Mars was quick to pop out his in-ear monitor, swapping his role as lead vocalist for the role of conductor, and treated the screaming crowd like his choir. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Phoenix Residency at Brooklyn Steel: 5 Best Moments From the Fifth and Final Night," 11 July 2018 Often called the country’s oldest orchestra, the Hallé and its choir were established in 1858 by a German pianist and conductor, Charles Hallé. David Allen, New York Times, "A Critic’s First Orchestra Defines Britain’s Musical Soul," 15 June 2018 The nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who is now officially Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Sussex, however, were a look at what kind of feminist, racial barrier-breaking beauty can be created through love, compassion, and a Black choir. refinery29.com, "What The Handmaid's Tale Could Learn From Meghan Markle's Wedding Vows," 6 June 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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