What does carol mean?

Definitions for carol
ˈkær əlcar·ol

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. Carol

    Carol is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry, first released by Chess Records in 1958, with "Hey Pedro" as the B-side. The single reached number 18 on Billboard's Hot 100 and number nine on the magazine's R&B chart. In 1959, it was included on his first compilation album, Chuck Berry Is on Top. Berry employs his well-known guitar figure, which AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald describes as "a guitar lick that indeed propelled not just Berry's greatest works, but the rock & roll genre itself." The Rolling Stones recorded it in 1964 for their debut album and a live version was released on Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (1969). A live recording from Oakland in November 1969 is included in the bootleg Live'r Than You'll Ever Be. Their recordings were preceded by a performance by the Beatles in 1963, later included on Live at the BBC (1994). Several other artists have also recorded the song.


  1. carol

    A carol is a festive song or hymn, often religious in nature, that is traditionally sung during Christmas or the holiday season. The themes of these songs typically include the birth of Jesus Christ, the celebration of Christmas, and the joy of the season.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAROL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carol is ranked #18984 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Carol surname appeared 1,436 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Carol.

    76.8% or 1,104 total occurrences were White.
    12.6% or 182 total occurrences were Black.
    6.4% or 92 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for carol »

  1. Carlo

  2. coral

  3. Coral

  4. claro

  5. alcor

  6. calor

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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. Florence Brown:

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  2. Gretchen Carlson:

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Bud Yorkin:

    Before long, we knew we had something special, cBS then put' Mary Tyler Moore' in, they put' Carol Burnett' in, they built a night that became a monster for CBS.

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