cho·​ris·​ter ˈkȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce chorister (audio)
: a singer in a choir
specifically : choirboy
: the leader of a church choir

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Also: Don’t put the organist and chorister on the spot, blogger pleads. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 And Thomas did just that, surrounded by an NSO in full force and presided over by the Choral Arts Society of Washington (led by Scott Tucker), filling the chorister seats and stage boxes. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The company was performing in its home for the first time since hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including Met violist Vincent Lionti, assistant conductor Joel Revzen and chorister Antoine Hodge. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Our primary measurements of success are the participation numbers in our core program, chorister and family feedback, year-to-year retention, assessing learning outcomes and demonstration of performance skills at concerts. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Also taking his place in the Abbey that morning was 13-year-old chorister Timi Otudeko, who, at the time, was in his final year of Westminster Abbey Choir School. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic means that this Easter Sunday there will be no congregants in the pews, no choristers to conduct, no sharp retorts from the brass to herald the New Testament’s recounting of the resurrection of Christ. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2020 Starting the weekend before Easter, this effort has involved orchestra members, staff and choristers. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2020 Three tiers of seating were on the stage, with choristers playing spirits of the dead looking down on the action in Mark Morris’s production. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English querister, from Anglo-French cueristre, from Medieval Latin chorista, from Latin chorus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chorister was in the 14th century

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“Chorister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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cho·​ris·​ter ˈkōr-ə-stər How to pronounce chorister (audio)
: a singer in a choir

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