What does Carol mean?

Definitions for Carol
ˈkær əlCar·ol

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Carol.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. carol, Christmas carolnoun

    joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ

  2. carolverb

    a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)

  3. carolverb

    sing carols

    "They went caroling on Christmas Day"


  1. carolnoun

    A round dance accompanied by singing.

  2. carolnoun

    A song of joy.

  3. carolnoun

    A religious song or ballad of joy.

    They sang a Christmas carol.

  4. carolverb

    To sing in a joyful manner.

  5. carolverb

    To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.

  6. carolverb

    To praise (someone or something) in or with a song.

  7. carolverb

    To sing (a song) cheerfully.

  8. Etymology: Shortened from Carolus; also an Anglicization of Romanian Carol, or Polish or Slovak Karol, all cognates of the English Charles.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAROLnoun

    Etymology: carola, Ital. from choreola, Lat.

    And let the Graces dance unto the rest,
    For they can do it best:
    The whiles the maidens do their carol sing,
    To which the woods shall answer, and their echo ring. Edmund Spenser, Epithalamium.

    Even in the old testament, if you listen to David’s harp, you shall hear as many herse-like airs as carols. Francis Bacon.

    Oppos’d to her, on t’ other side advance
    The costly feast, the carol, and the dance,
    Minstrels and musick, poetry and play,
    And balls by night, and tournaments by day. John Dryden, Fab.

    No night is now with hymn or carol blest. William Shakespeare.

    They gladly thither haste; and, by a choir
    Of squadron’d angels, hear his carol sung. Par. Lost, b. xii.

    The carol they began that hour,
    How that a life was but a flower,
    In the spring time. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

  2. To Carolverb

    To praise; to celebrate.

    She with precious viol’d liquours heals,
    For which the shepherds at their festivals,
    Carol her goodness loud in rustick lays. John Milton.

  3. To Carolverb

    To sing; to warble; to sing in joy and festivity.

    Etymology: carolare, Ital.

    Hark, how the cheerful birds do chant their lays,
    And carol of love’s praise. Edmund Spenser, Epithalamium.

    This done, she sung, and caroll’d out so clear,
    That men and angels might rejoice to hear. Dryden.

    Hov’ring swans their throats releas’d
    From native silence, carol sounds harmonious. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carolnoun

    a round dance

  2. Carolnoun

    a song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay

  3. Carolnoun

    a song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter carol

  4. Carolnoun

    joyful music, as of a song

  5. Carolverb

    to praise or celebrate in song

  6. Carolverb

    to sing, especially with joyful notes

  7. Carolverb

    to sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble

  8. Carolnoun

    alt. of Carrol

  9. Etymology: [OF. carole a kind of dance wherein many dance together, fr. caroler to dance; perh. from Celtic; cf. Armor. koroll, n., korolla, korolli, v., Ir. car music, turn, circular motion, also L. choraula a flute player, charus a dance, chorus, choir.]


  1. Carol

    A carol is in modern parlance a festive song, generally religious but not necessarily connected with church worship, and often with a dance-like or popular character. Today the carol is represented almost exclusively by the Christmas carol, the Advent carol, and to a much lesser extent by the Easter carol; however, despite their present association with religion, this has not always been the case.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carol

    kar′ol, n. a song of joy or praise.—v.i. to sing a carol: to sing or warble.—v.t. to praise or celebrate in song:—pr.p. car′olling; pa.p. car′olled.—n. Car′olling, the act of the verb to carol. [O. Fr. carole; It. carola, orig. a ring-dance; acc. to Diez, a dim. of L. chorus.]

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Carol' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4229

Anagrams for Carol »

  1. Carlo, coral, Coral

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Carol in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Carol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Carol in a Sentence

  1. San Francisco publicist Lee Houskeeper:

    When the beatniks were handing the torch to the hippies, a girl named Carol Doda changed the world from a pole at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

  2. Joe Bruno:

    She loved to cook, was a devoted wife, amazing mother and a gracious woman. Carol spread joy to all those around her and will be missed greatly.

  3. Evan Nappen:

    Carol Bowne should have been granted that permit in a timely matter, especially given Carol Bowne status as a domestic violence victim, carol Bowne would have qualified for a permit since Carol Bowne was attacked ; only now it’s too late.

  4. Don Beyer:

    The death of Carol Glover was an unnecessary tragedy. So many things went wrong. Radios didn't work. Ventilation fans didn't get smoke out, the ventilation on the trains themselves sucked smoke into the trains.

  5. Carol Channing:

    Boring, oh well, I still meet with friends and I’m enjoying life at 97 here in Palm Springs. They are trying to establish a new theater here in the desert, and if they raise enough money I understand they might be calling it The Carol Channing Playhouse. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? What an honor that would be.

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