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chorus

noun cho·rus \ ˈkȯr-əs \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of chorus

1 a : 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 2) and epilogue (see epilogue 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
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of chorus

Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros

chorus Synonyms

Synonyms
choir, chorale, consort, glee club
Related Words
ensemble; minstrelsy

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chorus

verb

Definition of chorus

transitive verb
: 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!”.

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Origin and Etymology of chorus


CHORUS Defined for English Language Learners

chorus

noun

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


chorus

verb

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

noun cho·rus \ ˈkȯr-əs \

Definition of chorus for Students

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

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chorus

verb

Definition of chorus for Students

chorused; chorusing
: 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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