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

Examples of chorister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Masur, a former chorister himself, has a passion for choral singing and, as a young man helped his father, the famed conductor Kurt Masur, prepare choirs for New York Philharmonic concerts. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2024 Highlights include choristers Christmas carols, St. Nicholas, All Souls’ Christmas Mouse (a long time tradition) and crafts, cookies and spiced tea along with gift shopping. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2023 The choristers, wearing black and white clothes, begin singing from their seats and eventually walk down to the pool. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Van Wart ultimately sold his land to buy a farm and became a respected chorister in a local Presbyterian church. Christopher Kuo, New York Times, 21 July 2023 Soprano Shana Oshiro, tenor DeMarcus Bolds, bass Kevin Thompson and bass-baritones Daniel J. Smith and V Savoy McIlwain filed into the chorister seats to deliver the fragments of spoken text mapped across the Sinfonia. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 The choristers stand in their stalls wearing white surplices over red cassocks and white ruffs. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 The other choristers are given voice by David John, Thomas Hill, Roberto Davide, Barnaby Edwards, Gertrude Toma and Laurence Bouvard. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 The curators, conservators, choristers. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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

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