cho·​ral | \ ˈkȯr-əl \

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 \ adverb

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Here too, contrast is the music’s engine: The orchestral writing is tough and dark, but the choral writing sings with an innocent sweetness that calls to mind the graceful, floating textures of the Fauré Requiem. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "‘Aequa’ by the International Contemporary Ensemble, ‘He(a)r’ by Nordic Affect and ‘Collider’ by Daníel Bjarnason Reviews," 18 Dec. 2018 And the orchestral score, with particular emphasis on floaty woodwinds, choral arrangements, and thundering drums, preserves the fantasy-battling tone of a good Dota 2 session while also dialing back on drama or bombast. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Valve walks us through Artifact’s new demo, leaves us wanting more," 31 Aug. 2018 Clouds of smoke blew around church-style candles and mirrored seating as haunting choral music by Monteverdi further set the scene. Washington Post, "Death and glitter: Gucci hosts France show in Roman ruins," 2 June 2018 The Detroit Children's Choir, founded in 2006 to bring choral music to underserved young people, will perform Saturday during SHINE@MOTOWN MANSION, a fund-raiser for the choir’s programs at the Motown Mansion in Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Stars on Ice,' Cranbrook open house, 'All Night Strut!' at Meadow Brook," 25 Apr. 2018 No matter how much my more musically savvy friends tried to point out its greatness, Brahms’ famous choral work has always struck me as a torpid affair with orchestral textures as thick as molasses. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018 That piece set the tone for high-concept, full-evening choral works. David Patrick Stearns,, "The Crossing's Month of Moderns is back for another ambitious round," 31 May 2018 The show, which will showcase three Chicago area choral groups, will be at 8 p.m. June 21, at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "PrairieFest Quilt Show coming to Oswego," 8 June 2018 That theme will be reflected in much of the programming and other activities by choral groups coming in from several nations. Tim Smith,, "Numerous free summer concerts in Baltimore, including the new SoBo Summer Music Series, to feature jazz, rock and more," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of choral

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


cho·​ral | \ ˈkȯr-əl \

Kids Definition of choral

: of or relating to a choir or chorus choral music

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