chorus

noun
cho·rus | \ ˈkȯr-əs \

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

The music abruptly stops after the first chorus, and suddenly several gophers pop out of their ground holes in a desert. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande's Epic 'God Is a Woman' Video, Decoded," 13 July 2018 The ceremony included performances by the school band and chorus, speeches by administrators and class officers, and speeches by salutatorian Amy Akerley and valedictorian Suzanne Pranger. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 At Emerson, Mia Lee was credited with assisting teachers with various school activities, including chorus, the Actor’s Studio, On Stage Club and school musicals. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "District 64 recognizes four winners of annual leadership award," 28 June 2018 And while Imagine Dragons' massive hits are designed for massive reach — with a bit of hip-hop here, some sweeping folk there and, always, anthemic choruses — there's no denying the band's sincerity. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine Dragons an explosive start to Summerfest at American Family Insurance Amphitheater," 27 June 2018 But his mother is almost more of a Greek chorus, a contemporary commentary, for most of the memoir. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "‘The Best Cook in the World,’ by Rick Bragg," 15 June 2018 There is also a Homer, a Penelope (Penny), a Ulysses, a chorus, and even a faithful (talking) dog. Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Father Comes Home from the Wars," 9 June 2018 However, the volume of concern, and the cacophony of the conspiracy chorus, wasn't solely from the media. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump attends first official event in 24 days," 4 June 2018 Auctioneer Gemma Sudlow started out at $150,000, and a chorus of specialists—at least four via telephone—began attempting to outbid one another. Fortune, "A Single Set of Rockefeller Porcelain Just Sold for $1.8 Million at Auction," 9 May 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

Latin, ring dance, chorus, from Greek choros

Verb

see chorus entry 1

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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 \

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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