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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 Future clearly never positioned himself as role-model material, considering that his biggest hit to date conjured up a classic chorus from the words molly and Percocet. Gary Suarez,, "Future stays in his narcotized comfort zone on High Off Life," 19 May 2020 Traditions in live streaming format Magnolia’s First Baptist Church presents Traditions, an online service of timeless hymns and gospel choruses each Sunday including May 24 at 5 p.m. on the church’s Facebook page and website. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "May 20-31: Libraries restart some book pickup services, groups continue online events," 18 May 2020 In the intervening years, a chorus of experts has warned employers, investors and board members against tolerating such cruel or demeaning behavior. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Michael Jordan: N.B.A. Champ, Marketing Legend and … Toxic Worker?," 16 May 2020 My chorus had planned to perform Brahms’ Requiem at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in August. Joanna Pearlstein, Wired, "How We'll Learn to Sing Together When We're Far Apart," 16 May 2020 As his drone buzzes over the boroughs, a chorus of disembodied voices—echoing the disembodied cityscape—crackles warmly in our ears, with the low-fidelity, whispered intimacy of a telephone call. Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "An Aerial View of New York City’s Pandemic," 14 May 2020 Almost anywhere in the United States, a chorus of cicadas fills the summer evening air each year. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "A Group of 17-Year Cicadas Are Emerging on the East Coast This Month," 14 May 2020 Beshear joins a rising chorus of national and local leaders who are calling for an investigation into Taylor's death stemming from a March 13 police raid at her apartment. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky attorney general, feds should review Breonna Taylor case," 13 May 2020 In Cairo, Mada Masr is a lone dissenting voice challenging the pro-regime media chorus that at first downplayed the virus and now only praises the government’s response. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing down jail and wealthy foes, Arab rights defenders soldier on," 12 May 2020 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chorus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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