chorus

noun
cho·​rus | \ ˈkȯr-əs How to pronounce chorus (audio) \

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

Many of the chorus members/extras came out on stage with (presumably) fake cigarettes in their hands. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Keeping your sex life vibrant may mean washing the windows," 13 June 2019 Rainey separated from her husband in 1916 and began touring with her own show, Madam Gertrude Ma Rainey and Her Georgia Smart Set, which included a chorus line of male and female dancers. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Ma Rainey, the ‘Mother of the Blues’," 12 June 2019 In the courtroom, Anderson cast Cimperman as the latest in a long line of crooked politicians in a city that has been marred by corruption, as a chorus of grumbles among Cimperman's supporters rolled through the gallery. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Ex-councilman Joe Cimperman on his corruption sentence: "This isn't who I wanted to be"," 15 May 2018 In recent months, a growing chorus of politicians, academics and business leaders have argued that tech giants have accumulated too much power and that they should be regulated - or even broken up. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook, Google and other tech giants to face antitrust investigation by House lawmakers," 4 June 2019 In recent months, a growing chorus of politicians, academics and business leaders have argued that tech giants have accumulated too much power and that they should be regulated – or even broken up. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Tech titans face antitrust probe from House lawmakers," 3 June 2019 There has also been a growing chorus of Illinois officials objecting to the potential environmental impacts of the Foxconn manufacturing plant in Kenosha County, which will be built in the headwaters of the Des Plaines River. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Our wetlands are not for sale': More than 200 rally against Foxconn development," 28 June 2018 However, a growing chorus of voices here feel the invitation for President Trump to visit the U.K. in July should now be put on hold. Alf Dubs, Time, "I Fled the Nazis as a Child Refugee. Trump's Border Policy Echoes Europe's Darkest Days," 21 June 2018 Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Couple seeks $1,500 to reunite kids taken from parents at border. Millions pour in," 19 June 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 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

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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