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

And -- and in what's going to be a very crowded field, get him out of the -- of the chorus line? Fox News, "Pence on impact of anonymous NYT op-ed, Woodward's new book," 9 Sep. 2018 Several public figures have paid tribute to Franklin on social media, and now Barack and Michelle Obama are adding their voices to the chorus. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "The Obamas Just Published a Beautiful Tribute to Aretha Franklin," 16 Aug. 2018 The insistence on chorus lines for ensembles proved amusing enough and musical enough if also a little forced. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 As the seconds continue to pass, listeners are led to a chorus in which the singer is joined by the sound of pulsing drums and mysterious instrumental effects. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Lawrence Debuts "Keep Me Up (Anxiety Song)"," 10 May 2018 The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which has also called for Mr. Northam to depart, joined the chorus calling for Mr. Fairfax to leave as well after the second accuser stepped forward. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Impeachment Plan for Fairfax Drafted in Virginia," 10 Feb. 2019 Most of the principals are from the original production in Canada, but the volunteer chorus and supers (extras) are made up of many Cincinnati natives. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 For the chorus of the lattermost, Mars was quick to pop out his in-ear monitor, swapping his role as lead vocalist for the role of conductor, and treated the screaming crowd like his choir. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Phoenix Residency at Brooklyn Steel: 5 Best Moments From the Fifth and Final Night," 11 July 2018 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

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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