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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 Every other musical element in the chorus reinforces the exquisite awkwardness of the encounter between Jepsen and her crush. Tyler Aquilina,, "Switched on Pop book excerpt: Why Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' is pop music perfection," 13 Dec. 2019 The brightly colored bird chirped and trilled, adding to a chorus that rang from the towering trees., "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 Ariel’s defensive sassiness evaporates in the Greek chorus of familiar Holiday songs; Nigel Rowe, in superb voice (and stylishly backed by music director Greg Watkins’s band), cuts to each number’s emotional core. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Bring on the ‘Stormy Weather’: IN Series does Shakespeare by way of Billie Holiday," 21 Oct. 2019 After opening remarks by Ellen K, Mendes took the podium to a chorus of screaming fans. Pamela Chelin, Billboard, "Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Toasted by Shawn Mendes & More at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony," 23 Jan. 2020 Adding to the chorus of voices calling for greater European engagement was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said British forces could play a role in monitoring any cease-fire. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "E.U. leaders call for greater engagement and unity on Libya as talks get underway," 19 Jan. 2020 Everything from the choreography to the chorus of this song is pop-culture cannon. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's 10 Best (and Worst) Songs of All Time," 31 Dec. 2019 Santa Claus entered right on cue to a chorus of sleigh bells and thundering applause, much to the delight of the children. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Rowley takes center stage in Spain: Whit & Whimsey," 27 Dec. 2019 Musk debuted the pickup to a chorus of bewilderment, as the vehicle's triangular shape, atypical truck bed and stainless steel body immediately set the vehicle apart from anything else on the market. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla Cybertruck design stuns: 'Eccentric,' 'eye-popping' or 'weird' 'piece of junk'?," 22 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of chorus was in 1567

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chorus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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