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

Delmonte Johnson loved sports and sang in the church choir. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Anti-Gun Activist Delmonte Johnson Died After Being Shot in Chicago," 7 Sep. 2018 Hunter was a shy introvert who nevertheless sang in the church choir and was a competitive figure skater. Gina Piccalo, latimes.com, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018 His singing in choir grew into performing operettas and in plays. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban Milwaukee band The Cheap Shots celebrates 10 year anniversary at Wednesday Night Live July 11," 28 June 2018 In the meantime, Adylef, who goes by Ady, enjoys cooking, dancing and participating in a choir. The Star, kansascity, "Ady is resilient, proud and has many goals for her future," 22 June 2018 Most rewarding part: I was known for being in the choir, being friendly and touching the lives of many. Donna Vickroy And Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Class of 2018: A look at some of the Southland's extraordinary high school graduates," 19 May 2018 The plane was carrying more than 60 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the Russian army's official dance and choir company, on its way to Syria to give a holiday performance for troops. Mary Ilyushina, CNN, "Two dead after Russian military plane crashes in Mediterranean," 3 May 2018 His 1925 double-choir motet is suffused with the lush reticence of the Anglican choral tradition. BostonGlobe.com, "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 Brass choirs and a vocal ensemble (Robert Geary’s excellent Volti) hold forth from the side and rear balconies to create an enveloping sound world that is at once cool and welcoming. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "John Luther Adams’ ‘Become Desert’ is a shimmery masterpiece," 9 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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