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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    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. Lorenzo Soria:

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award.

  2. Roger Sloboda:

    Considering the recent stuff at USC, I feel sorry for Carol jumping into that mess. But I think shell clean it up, she is a scientist and shell look at the data, figure out what happened and how to fix it.

  3. Vicki Lawrence:

    I texted Carol and said, ‘ This just sucks. I hate this. It’s just horrible to see the people you love so much go away, ’ carol wrote back and said, ‘ I know, I know. I spoke to Betty’s assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the very last word out of her mouth was ‘ Allen Ludden,'.

  4. Patrick Morrisey:

    We need someone who's going to work with this President to put people back to work, i think Republican Carol Miller understands that in a way Richard Ojeda can't possibly. So this is really a critical race, because as the 3rd District goes, you have to win that seat to make sure you keep the GOP majority and you prevent the obstruction that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others have in mind.

  5. Tim Conway:

    The Carol Burnett Show.

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