choir

noun
\ ˈkwī(-ə)r \

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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Young people of color, young Asian men who are wildly open to the avant-garde, new dandies who refuse to be stereotyped as belonging to any class—the entire choir of voices who are infinitely expanding the sense of what gender identity is. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 Naomi even took a selfie while LITERALLY watching the choir in the chapel, so that just redefines the word 'iconic' for the rest of us. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Inside Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Reception, After Some Guests Break the Strict Social Media Ban," 13 Oct. 2018 Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Aretha Franklin's funeral to include Ariana Grande, Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder and more famous guests," 31 Aug. 2018 Meghan Markle has had her share of laughs during her first royal tour, but no moment has tickled her quite as much as a performance from a boys' choir in Tonga. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance Today," 26 Oct. 2018 Bernstein juxtaposes a Street Chorus of disaffected people (the jeans and T-shirt crowd) with a formal chorus in robes and a boys’ choir. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 There’s also what sounds like a choir of children, which is not without its charms. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Best World Cup songs of all time, from Ricky Martin and Shakira to 'Three Lions'," 27 June 2018 There was the choir, the teenage cellist, the sermon, everything about Doria Ragland. Vogue, "The Top Feel-Good Viral Moments of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 Nonetheless, the sermon was received with a few smiles and chuckles by the small group of family and friends gathered in the choir, an intimate space in St. George’s Chapel where the altar is located. NBC News, "Rev. Michael Curry surprises with sermon touching on civil rights at royal wedding," 19 May 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 \

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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