cho·​rale kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) -ˈräl How to pronounce chorale (audio)
: a hymn or psalm sung to a traditional or composed melody in church
also : a harmonization of a chorale melody
a Bach chorale

Example Sentences

practiced a chorale to perform in church a chorale that is regarded as being among the best in the state
Recent Examples on the Web Over her seven-year tenure with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and against the odds posed by the pandemic, Davidson led an institutional rebrand and doubled the chorale’s budget to $8 million. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 His treatment of the chorale preludes emphasized the quality of improvisation that runs through Baroque music in general, and Bach’s work in particular. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2022 North Olmsted VFW Post 7647 is hosting the event with the city, Cuyahoga County Veteran’s Service Commission and North Olmsted High School’s SITES program, symphonic orchestra, symphonic chorale and art department. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2022 The chorale consists of 43 members who are 55 years of age and older. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 22 Nov. 2022 After several brass instruments evoked fervent political speeches, the piece culminated in a chorale on a nationalist poem by Semyon Kirsanov, born the same year as the composer. Globe Staff,, 7 Oct. 2022 The chorale was founded by Frances White Hughes, a music teacher at Anacostia, Roosevelt and Ballou high schools. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 My dad had a beautiful tenor voice and decided to try out for a trio, but mistakenly arrived at a rehearsal for the men’s chorale. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 That evolution is accelerating: The modern steel icon Greg Leisz played on half of Daft Punk’s final album, while the funk band Vulfpeck recently commissioned the Los Angeles whiz Rich Hinman to interpret a Bach chorale. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


German Choral, short for Choralgesang choral song

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chorale was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Chorale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


cho·​rale kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) -ˈräl How to pronounce chorale (audio)
: a sacred song sung by the choir or congregation or both at a church service : hymn

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