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


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


We awoke to a chorus of birdsong. The President's policies have been questioned by a growing chorus of critics.


The class chorused “Good morning!”.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the days after He's unusual scientific rollout on YouTube and in front of the World Summit of Human Gene Editing, concerned voices grew into an international chorus condemning He's work as sloppy, improperly focused, and unethical. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Comprehensively Denounced By Genetics Experts," 3 May 2019 Wearing coordinating pink outfits, BTS and Halsey perform the chorus outside of the Persona building. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS and Halsey Released Their “Boy with Luv” Music Video," 12 Apr. 2019 In classical Greek tragedy, a chorus supplies commentary on the grisly doings of gods and men. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Heroine Burning With Purpose," 29 Mar. 2019 Monday’s catastrophic fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was barely out before a chorus of complaint began about the superrich families and large corporations that rushed to donate to the rebuilding effort. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Church of Resentment," 18 Apr. 2019 The footage is to be projected on the ceiling of the museum gallery space as a chorus of black voices plays in the background. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "With His First Solo Exhibit, Photographer Tyler Mitchell Paints a Tender Portrait of Black Joy," 15 Apr. 2019 At least three congressional Republicans and a chorus of Democrats have called for Pruitt's ouster. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Pruitt slammed as unfit to lead EPA by 2 GOP senators; one calls him 'chucklehead'," 2 Oct. 2018 Bernstein juxtaposes a Street Chorus of disaffected people (the jeans and T-shirt crowd) with a formal chorus in robes and a boys’ choir. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 Tamblyn takes credit for flipping Tarantino, who, after the revelations about Weinstein were published in October, faced a chorus of calls to renounce the man who had made his career. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 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!, "Trump's worst week ever," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chorus


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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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



English Language Learners Definition of chorus (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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


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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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