cho·​rus | \ ˈkȯr-əs How to pronounce chorus (audio) \

Definition of chorus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a company of singers and dancers in Athenian drama participating in or commenting on the action also : a similar company in later plays
b : a character in Elizabethan drama who speaks the prologue (see prologue sense 2) and epilogue (see epilogue sense 2) and comments on the action
c : an organized company of singers who sing in concert : choir especially : a body of singers who sing the choral parts of a work (as in opera)
d : a group of dancers and singers supporting the featured players in a musical comedy or revue
2a : a part of a song or hymn recurring at intervals
b : the part of a drama sung or spoken by the chorus
c : a composition to be sung by a number of voices in concert
d : the main part of a popular song also : a jazz variation on a melodic theme
3a : something performed, sung, or uttered simultaneously or unanimously by a number of persons or animals a chorus of boos that eternal chorus of: "Are we there yet?" from the back seat— Sheila More
b : sounds so uttered visitors are taken to the woods by car to hear the mournful choruses of howling wolves— Bob Gaines
in chorus
: in unison answering in chorus


chorused; chorusing; choruses

Definition of chorus (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sing or utter in chorus "They're here, they're here!" chorused the crowd.

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Synonyms for chorus

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of chorus in a Sentence

Noun We awoke to a chorus of birdsong. The President's policies have been questioned by a growing chorus of critics. Verb The class chorused “Good morning!”.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But a relaunch of the season with full calendar is not expected before September, when management hopes the orchestra and chorus can be fully vaccinated, and distancing rules more relaxed. Colleen Barry,, "Italy opens again, including Riccardo Muti at La Scala, amid hopes for real economic relaunch," 26 Apr. 2021 For her version of Mitchell’s 1971 Blue song, Carlile picked up an acoustic guitar and sang the first verse and chorus, showcasing the power of her voice. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Brandi Carlile Covers Joni Mitchell, Talks ‘Broken Horses’ Memoir on ‘Colbert’," 7 Apr. 2021 Like for the chorus of Here’s to the Nights, the two people who came over were Ben Harper and Dave Grohl. Andy Meek, Forbes, "Ringo Starr Chats About His New EP, Out Today, And Why The Former Beatle Is Done With Full-Length Albums," 19 Mar. 2021 There might be formal lyrics, or participants might choose to ad lib, with others joining for the chorus, said Matthew Baya, a radio show host from Williamstown, Massachusetts. David Sharp, Star Tribune, "Sea shanties are having a moment amid isolation of pandemic," 29 Jan. 2021 All three are doing remote school and attending in-person rehearsals for the chorus. Katelyn Keenehan, The Arizona Republic, "'A community of hope': Phoenix Children's Chorus is back, with hula hoops and masks," 30 Nov. 2020 Both singly and in chorus, winds occasionally stuck out a little too much. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Gemma New, Augustin Hadelich and Dallas Symphony refresh Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky," 23 Apr. 2021 So many voices, in chorus. Give us our world again! Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "'Dear vaccine': A poem written by the world helps make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic," 21 Apr. 2021 But the man arranged an audition with Lillian Hunt, the choreographer of the Follies Theater in downtown Los Angeles, who put her in the chorus at $40 a week. New York Times, "Tempest Storm, Who Disrobed to Enduring Acclaim, Dies at 93," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two rooms formerly used as locker rooms are now the home to chorus and band. Lily Jackson |, al, "Look inside the new $17. 4 million Bay Minette Elementary School," 8 Oct. 2019 Outside Carnegie Hall, choir performers from Millennial Choirs and Orchestra chorused as the evening sun dipped low in the sky. Morgan Krakow, Washington Post, "‘The show must go on’: Broadway actors perform on the sidewalk amid NYC blackout," 14 July 2019 Twitter chorused: Ivanka and Jared tried to convince me not to make bolognese, according to sources close to the situation. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Sources Close to Jared and Ivanka Say Jared and Ivanka Tried Their Best," 22 Aug. 2017 During an eclipse, crickets will chirp and frogs will chorus, thinking night has fallen. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "What Does an Eclipse Sound Like?," 14 Aug. 2017 In response to the president's moral failure, many commentators chorused: WWE!, "Trump's worst week ever," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chorus


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chorus

Noun and Verb

Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros

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8 May 2021

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“Chorus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chorus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of singers and dancers in an ancient Greek play who take part in or talk about the things that are happening on stage
: a group of singers and dancers in a modern play, musical show, etc.
: a large group of singers



English Language Learners Definition of chorus (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say (something) all together : to say (something) in chorus


cho·​rus | \ ˈkȯr-əs How to pronounce chorus (audio) \

Kids Definition of chorus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of singers : choir
2 : a group of dancers and singers (as in a musical comedy)
3 : a part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often : refrain
4 : a song meant to be sung by a group : group singing
5 : sounds uttered by a group of persons or animals together There was a chorus of deep growls …— Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book


chorused; chorusing

Kids Definition of chorus (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak, sing, or sound at the same time or together “Yes, yes!” they chorused. “Come on! Let's go!”— Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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