chorus

noun
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

chorus

verb
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

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

The last minute solos are not credible, and the reporter's chorus falling flat. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 One type of plasma wave, known as a chorus wave, causes electrons in plasma to accelerate. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Jupiter's Largest Moon Ganymede Produces Powerful Plasma Waves," 8 Aug. 2018 Republican leaders — led by Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate head David Long — have led a bipartisan chorus demanding Hill step down. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "'I stand before you a condemned man,': AG Curtis Hill says he's been unfairly judged," 9 July 2018 Moments later, a chorus exchanged classic rock lyrics for feminist rhymes as a group of women dressed in angel costumes walked by. Muhammad Darwish, CNN, "Ireland's yes voters celebrate a 'leap forward' in landmark vote on abortion," 26 May 2018 The reason: Despite this growing chorus of elite criticism, the company is extremely popular. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking," 11 Dec. 2018 The ensembles for the chorus, for instance, are fashioned from various textiles printed with sheet music for—guess what? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Costume Designer Arianne Phillips Channeled Design From Different Eras for Broadway’s Head Over Heels," 20 July 2018 President Donald Trump has joined the chorus, calling for the recounts to stop and revert back to what was counted on Election Day — or, in other words, an incomplete tally of the votes cast. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Chorus waves got their name because, when converted to sound, listeners likened it to a chorus of birds chirping. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Jupiter's Largest Moon Ganymede Produces Powerful Plasma Waves," 8 Aug. 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! chicagotribune.com, "Trump's worst week ever," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chorus

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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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chorus

noun

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

chorus

verb

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

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

chorus

noun
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

chorus

verb
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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