cho·​ris·​ter | \ ˈkȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce chorister (audio) , ˈkär-\

Definition of chorister

1 : a singer in a choir specifically : choirboy
2 : the leader of a church choir

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While Pell's lawyers argued in the appeal that the jury must have had reasonable doubt, the prosecutors said contrasting evidence from more than 20 priests, choristers, altar servers and church officials still did not preclude guilty verdicts. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019 When a group of women in the chorus of Washington National Opera — a company Mr. Domingo led for 14 years, until 2011 — had a party last summer, the talk turned to the #MeToo movement in opera, recalled two of the choristers who attended. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Accusations Against Plácido Domingo Divide the Opera World," 18 Aug. 2019 This newfound self-confidence among the choristers frequently crops up in rehearsals with their famous collaborators. Steven Edelstone, New York Times, "Why Beyoncé Is a Fan of These Teenage Singers From Brooklyn," 19 July 2019 The approximately 60-70-foot ceiling and the long floor plan of the church was much too large for the size and strength of these 14 choristers. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Cavernous confines? Acoustical issues a distraction at Orchestra of New Spain’s 'Paris in the 20s' concert," 28 June 2019 There was a twist of irony to the tale, for in real life, Kate had quietly fallen for Andrew, the blond-haired, blue-eyed chorister with the voice of an angel. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The First Boy to Ever Break Kate Middleton's Heart Grew Up to Be an Actor on 'Downton Abbey'," 16 Mar. 2019 The angels’ crumpled, diaphanous costumes featured tiny blinking lights; other light came from images on the digital tablets carried by the choristers. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Creation’ Review: Genesis in the Dark," 23 July 2018 The purge has come as a jolt to choristers, many of whom have sung with the TFC for decades, sacrificing hundreds of hours each year to rehearse and perform. Malcolm Gay,, "Harsh notes amid purge of BSO’s chorus," 27 June 2018 Few choral bodies are as sensitive to Ravel’s subtle gradations of color, and the singing of Wolfe’s 130 choristers brought out the evocative wonder at the outset of Part 2 of the ballet. John Von Rhein,, "CSO delivers a winning Ravel program under debut conductor Pintscher," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chorister

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chorister

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

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: a singer in a choir

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