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chorus

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noun cho·rus \ˈkȯr-əs\

Definition of chorus

  1. 1a :  a company of singers and dancers in Athenian drama participating in or commenting on the action; also :  a similar company in later playsb :  a character in Elizabethan drama who speaks the prologue (see prologue 2) and epilogue (see epilogue 2) and comments on the actionc :  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

  2. 2a :  a part of a song or hymn recurring at intervalsb :  the part of a drama sung or spoken by the chorusc :  a composition to be sung by a number of voices in concertd :  the main part of a popular song; also :  a jazz variation on a melodic theme

  3. 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 Moreb :  sounds so uttered visitors are taken to the woods by car to hear the mournful choruses of howling wolves — Bob Gaines

in chorus

  1. :  in unison answering in chorus

Examples of chorus in a sentence

  1. We awoke to a chorus of birdsong.

  2. The President's policies have been questioned by a growing chorus of critics.

Origin and Etymology of chorus

Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros


First Known Use: 1567


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chorus

verb cho·rus

Definition of chorus

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sing or utter in chorus “They're here, they're here!” chorused the crowd.

Examples of chorus in a sentence

  1. The class chorused Good morning!.

Origin and Etymology of chorus

see 1chorus


First Known Use: 1826


CHORUS Defined for English Language Learners

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chorus

play
noun cho·rus \ˈkȯr-əs\

Definition of chorus for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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chorus

verb cho·rus

Definition of chorus for English Language Learners

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


CHORUS Defined for Kids

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chorus

play
noun cho·rus \ˈkȯr-əs\

Definition of chorus for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of singers :  choir

  2. 2 :  a group of dancers and singers (as in a musical comedy)

  3. 3 :  a part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often :  refrain

  4. 4 :  a song meant to be sung by a group :  group singing

  5. 5 :  sounds uttered by a group of persons or animals together There was a chorus of deep growls … — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book


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chorus

play
verb cho·rus

Definition of chorus for Students

chorused

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chorusing

  1. :  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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