cho·​ral | \ ˈkȯr-əl How to pronounce choral (audio) \

Definition of choral

1 : of or relating to a chorus or choir a choral group
2 : sung or designed for singing by a choir a choral arrangement

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Other Words from choral

chorally \ ˈkȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce chorally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of choral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When activities like track meets and choral festivals came to a halt in March, many students lost final opportunities to show off special talents before applying to college. Samuel Zwickel, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus delivers chaos for students applying for college: 'Everything is unknown"," 2 Aug. 2020 If Black Twitter had any say in the matter Ellis would not only land her second Emmy nomination for her portrayal as the mother and choral director, but snag it during September’s award show. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Aunjanue Ellis Explains The Real Problem With ‘The Help’," 10 July 2020 After studying music in Munich and serving as a choral director in various German churches, Monsignor Ratzinger became the music director at the 10th-century St. Peter’s Cathedral in Regensburg, a city about 75 miles northeast of Munich. Ari L. Goldman,, "Rev. Georg Ratzinger, choirmaster and a pope’s brother," 1 July 2020 But this virus is attacking the communal life that is choral singing. Richard A. Marini,, "COVID-19 pandemic may silence San Antonio church, children’s and performing choirs for months," 3 June 2020 On Easter Sunday, Grace Cathedral had 9,878 online viewers for a choral Eucharist that might normally draw 3,500 tops. Joaquin Palomino,, "Bay Area churches keep services online, though state allows them to reopen," 28 May 2020 There are tributes and choral groups, new and from past years. Mike Hughes,, "Here's what you need to watch on TV each day this week: May 24-30," 24 May 2020 There’s no conflict between lusty music-making and sacred aspirations, between blue-note dissonance and Handelian choral writing, between folkloric gospel singing and ultra-sophisticated jazz improvisation. Howard Reich,, "Sacred jazz: Reflections on a rare performance of Marsalis’ ‘Abyssinian Mass’," 27 Nov. 2019 The chorus runs the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. Deon J. Hampton,, "'Never faced anything like this.' Will COVID-19 silence singers until there's a vaccine?," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of choral

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choral

French or Medieval Latin; French choral, from Medieval Latin choralis, from Latin chorus

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The first known use of choral was in 1587

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9 Aug 2020

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“Choral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of choral

: of or relating to a choir or chorus : sung by a choir or chorus


cho·​ral | \ ˈkȯr-əl How to pronounce choral (audio) \

Kids Definition of choral

: of or relating to a choir or chorus choral music

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