cho·​rus | \ˈkȯr-əs \

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

choir, chorale, consort, glee club

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Examples of chorus in a Sentence


We awoke to a chorus of birdsong. The President's policies have been questioned by a growing chorus of critics.


The class chorused “Good morning!”.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the audience ached (speaking for myself anyway) for Freedia to take up the mic and join the chorus, sending that fantastic basso profuno voice to the heavens. Doug Maccash,, "Big Freedia conducts a church choir at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 The Town of Highland has joined a growing chorus of local government bodies calling for changes to existing gun laws. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Highland OKs resolution calling for changes to gun laws," 28 Mar. 2018 The audio includes the sounds of a chorus of children sobbing and asking for their parents, some in what sounds like significant levels of distress. Eli Rosenberg, Anchorage Daily News, "A secret recording captures the sounds of crying children separated from parents at the border," 19 June 2018 And this weekend, the nation’s largest physicians group could join in the chorus calling to expand access to birth control. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Pressure mounts on drug makers to move birth control over the counter," 8 June 2018 Mr Khan’s is one of a growing chorus of Indian trucking songs, the soundtrack to a shift in the freight industry. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018 The chorus had to stand around staring cluelessly at deeply personal outpourings of grief; almost every aria—a slow cavatina followed by a fast cabaletta—was interrupted by some startling piece of news to justify the radical change of mood. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 2018 Other groups develop data pipelines to search for the continuous waves, the chorus of background waves, and bursty waves of unknown origin. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "How Fast Can Gravitational Wave Detection Get?," 9 Mar. 2018 Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus. New York Times,, "Microsoft urges Congress to regulate facial recognition," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros


see chorus entry 1

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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 \

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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