cho·​rale | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) , -ˈräl How to pronounce chorale (audio) \

Definition of chorale

1 : a hymn or psalm sung to a traditional or composed melody in church also : a harmonization of a chorale melody a Bach chorale
2 : chorus, choir

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of chorale in a Sentence

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

The chorale meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at California Center for the Arts, Escondido. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rotary volunteers at Stand Down San Diego," 29 Aug. 2019 Two chorales from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion were sung admirably by the Foundation’s youth chorus. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 DePeri is a talented pianist who studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and whose renderings of two Brahms–Busoni chorale arrangements were particularly fine. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 The show will include popular numbers performed by the chorale since its inception in 1974. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic Club hosts Campa-Najjar... community events this weekend," 7 June 2019 The program ranges from a Bach chorale transcription to the Americana music of William Kroll, Mark O’Connor, and Rick Sowash. Robert Knox,, "Community chorus takes musical journey from Broadway to abroad," 27 Apr. 2018 Kempowski’s prose contains collages of confetti-size fragments from literature, biblical texts, church chorales, 1940s movies and popular songs. New York Times, "750,000 Germans Fled East Prussia in 1945. A Novelist Imagines One Family’s Exodus.," 25 May 2018 This chorale for women formerly and currently from all walks of life was founded at the Hartford College for Women by Peter Harvey in the 1970s and continues under the direction of Chai-Lun Yueh. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 1 May 2018 Again, the brass chorales were especially striking, and Eileen Moon-Myers played the cello solos beautifully. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Odd, Delightful Juxtapositions at the Philharmonic," 27 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chorale.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chorale

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chorale

German Choral, short for Choralgesang choral song

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chorale

Statistics for chorale

Last Updated

2 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chorale

The first known use of chorale was in 1841

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chorale



English Language Learners Definition of chorale

: a song that is sung in a church service by a large group of singers
: a chorus or choir


cho·​rale | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) \

Kids Definition of chorale

1 : a hymn sung by the choir or congregation at a church service

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chorale

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chorale

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for chorale

Spanish Central: Translation of chorale

Nglish: Translation of chorale for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about chorale

Comments on chorale

What made you want to look up chorale? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


readily or continually undergoing change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!