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.

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!”.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the long interruption of the pandemic, artistic director Eugene Rogers will make his chorus and orchestra debut with TWC, which is joined by soprano Karen Slack (making her TWC debut) and baritone Kerry Wilkerson. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 With Barker’s thunderous drums on its anthemic chorus, the pleading torch song transforms into a punch-in-the-gut power ballad that’s now been viewed nearly 800,000 times on YouTube and over 3 million times on his Instagram. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 In West Virginia today, Manchin is facing his own chorus of skepticism. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 Here's the chorus to the song (by composer Siddhartha Khosla) of the hour. Amanda Ostuni,, 20 Apr. 2022 As 2023 approaches and pit production starts in earnest, the chorus of resistance is likely to grow louder. Annabella Farmer, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 The chorus is integral to any Messiah performance, and the clarity of the 17 voices in the Conrad’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall made an even bigger impact than hearing a hundred-voice choir. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 The chorus is his personal contact info, set to electric guitar riffs. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 The chorus of boos and early exits were a microcosm for the frustration of a team that's lost six of its last seven games and eight of its last 11, bringing the NCAA Tournament bubble very much into the equation for a fourth straight season. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two rooms formerly used as locker rooms are now the home to chorus and band. Lily Jackson |, al, 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, 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, 22 Aug. 2017 During an eclipse, crickets will chirp and frogs will chorus, thinking night has fallen. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, 14 Aug. 2017 In response to the president's moral failure, many commentators chorused: WWE!, 15 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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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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