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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

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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 Granted, his speech took place at an event where a chorus of more than 100 singers performed without face coverings, according to CNN. cleveland, "Mark Hamill, George Takei push for mask awareness amid coronavirus surge," 30 June 2020 Oswald offers a chorus of nobodies, their voices, deformed by rumor and accident, continually redefining one another. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 23 June 2020 The results of this reckoning have been equally inescapable: anguished voices singing in chorus; solemn heads bowed in prayer; fists raised in resistance; overflowing tears from eyes exhausted by the sight of pain. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, "What prominent community members say should be done to make Indiana better for everyone," 17 June 2020 This amplified the chorus of critics who believe that, at 30, Green is past his prime. Connor Letourneau,, "Draymond Green: Warriors’ forward eager to silence doubters after rough season," 18 June 2020 Musk’s declaration that Tesla would build the plant prompted a chorus of offers from cities and states across the country hoping to land the project. Fortune, "Tesla homes in on Austin for Cybertruck factory site," 18 June 2020 But the president and his campaign quickly faced a chorus of criticism over the date, with the nation facing unrest sparked by the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd while in police custody. Fox News, "Pence suggests an overflow venue for Saturday's rally in Oklahoma," 17 June 2020 The photograph of Milley, in his camouflage combat uniform, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper walking along a path in Lafayette Square with Trump and other administration officials was condemned by a chorus of former military officials. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Trump dismisses controversy over Tulsa rally, says it will be a 'celebration' of his campaign," 12 June 2020 However, over the past week and a half, as protests have erupted across the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Meb has used his social media platforms to join the chorus of dissent. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Meb Keflezighi on Being Black in America," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two rooms formerly used as locker rooms are now the home to chorus and band. Lily Jackson |, al, "Look inside the new $17. 4 million Bay Minette Elementary School," 8 Oct. 2019 Outside Carnegie Hall, choir performers from Millennial Choirs and Orchestra chorused as the evening sun dipped low in the sky. Morgan Krakow, Washington Post, "‘The show must go on’: Broadway actors perform on the sidewalk amid NYC blackout," 14 July 2019 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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The first known use of chorus was in 1567

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chorus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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