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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 There was a woodworker who made toys for children, and there was a guy who sang bass in a chorus., "Standard Gravure remembered: Here are all the victims from the 1989 mass shooting," 12 Sep. 2019 Grande sings in the chorus, her trademark ponytail billowing in the wind. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey soar in fierce ‘Charlie’s Angels’ video," 12 Sep. 2019 The daughter of a dairy farmer and teacher, her early years were spent riding horses, dancing, playing the piano, and singing in the chorus., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 The doorbell’s ring is followed by a chorus of greeting from women seated around mismatched tables of different sizes and colors drawn together and covered in fist-sized balls of yarn. Lily Jackson |, al, "Securing a sanctuary: Local yarn shop strives to keep the peace," 26 July 2019 The looks, the hooks, Beat-romance lyrics, killer choruses, guitar solos that pissed off your parents, dazzling music videos. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Think Ric Ocasek Didn't Touch Your Life? Think Again," 16 Sep. 2019 Artists: Richard Kaufman, conductor; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, guest chorusesNotes: Conductor Richard Kaufman presides over another year of Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra fills out 2019-2020 season with film, holiday, and family concerts," 12 Sep. 2019 Last week, in the immediate aftermath of a drive-by mass shooting in Odessa, the call for a special session grew to a swelling chorus, with 63 of 66 House Democrats (including Lopez) asking Gov. Greg Abbott to take immediate action. Gilbert Garcia,, "Podcast: Lopez makes the case for a special session," 10 Sep. 2019 Senators Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, and John Thune have joined the chorus, seemingly eager to chart a politically safe course on an otherwise hot-button issue. Wired, "Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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25 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chorus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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