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Princeton's WordNet

  1. choirnoun

    a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony

  2. choir, consortnoun

    a family of similar musical instrument playing together

  3. choirverb

    the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave

  4. choir, chorusverb

    sing in a choir


  1. choirnoun

    singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together

    The church choir practices Thursday nights.

  2. choirnoun

    the part of a church where the choir assembles for song

  3. choirnoun

    one of the nine ranks or orders of angels

    Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones are three of the choirs of angels.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHOIRnoun

    Etymology: chorus, Latin.

    They now assist the choir
    Of angels, who their songs admire. Edmund Waller.

    The choir,
    With all the choicest musick of the kingdom,
    Together sung Te Deum. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The lords and ladies, having brought the queen
    To a prepar’d place in the choir, fell off
    At distance from her. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. Choir

    A choir ( KWIRE; also known as a chorale or chorus) is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform. Choirs may perform music from the classical music repertoire, which spans from the medieval era to the present, or popular music repertoire. Most choirs are led by a conductor, who leads the performances with arm, hand, and facial gestures. The term choir is very often applied to groups affiliated with a church (whether or not they actually occupy the quire), whereas a chorus performs in theatres or concert halls, but this distinction is not rigid. Choirs may sing without instruments, or accompanied by a piano, pipe organ, a small ensemble, or an orchestra. A choir can be a subset of an ensemble; thus one speaks of the "woodwind choir" of an orchestra, or different "choirs" of voices or instruments in a polychoral composition. In typical 18th century to 21st century oratorios and masses, 'chorus' or 'choir' implies that there is more than one singer per part, in contrast to the quartet of soloists also featured in these works.


  1. choir

    A choir is a musical group or ensemble, typically composed of singers who perform together. This group often sings various types of pieces ranging from classical music, church hymns, to pop music. The group is usually led by a conductor or choir director who leads the rehearsals and performances, instructing the singers on their parts and guiding them in achieving the best possible musical result. The size and structure of a choir can vary greatly, ranging from small groups of a few singers to large choirs of a hundred or more members. Choirs can be found in a variety of settings such as schools, churches, communities, and professional organizations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Choirnoun

    a band or organized company of singers, especially in church service

  2. Choirnoun

    that part of a church appropriated to the singers

  3. Choirnoun

    the chancel

  4. Etymology: [OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. chur, fr. L. chorus a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr. , orig. dancing place; prob. akin to inclosure, L. hortus garden, and E. yard. See Chorus.]


  1. Choir

    Architecturally, the choir is the area of a church or cathedral, usually in the western part of the chancel between the nave and the sanctuary. The choir is occasionally located in the eastern part of the nave. In some monastic churches the choir occupies the western end of the nave and thus counterbalances the chancel and sanctuary. The back-choir or retro-choir is a space behind the high altar in the choir of a church, in which there is a small altar standing back to back with the other.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Choir

    kwīr, n. a chorus or band of singers, esp. those belonging to a church: the part of a church appropriated to the singers: the part of a cathedral separated from the nave by a rail or screen.—v.i. (Shak.) to sing in chorus.—ns. Choir′-or′gan, one of the departments of a cathedral organ, standing behind the great-organ, having its tones less powerful, and more fitted to accompany the voice; Choir′screen, a screen of lattice-work, separating the choir from the nave, so as to prevent general access thereto, though not to interrupt either sight or sound.—adj. Chō′ral, belonging to a chorus or choir.—ns. Chōral′, Chorale′, a simple harmonised composition, with slow rhythm: a tune written for a psalm or hymn: in R.C. usage, any part of the service sung by the whole choir.—adv. Chō′rally, in the manner of a chorus: so as to suit a choir. [Fr. chœur—L. chorus—Gr. choros.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'choir' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4082

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    Rank popularity for the word 'choir' in Nouns Frequency: #2658

Anagrams for choir »

  1. chiro

  2. ichor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of choir in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of choir in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of choir in a Sentence

  1. Johnnie Green:

    I have never lost that many church members in thirty days, it's unfathomable. These are people who five weeks ago were sitting in the congregation. These were active members. People who sang in the choir and served in the ministry.

  2. Alice McMullan:

    It was just a good friendship, she had a lot of wonderful church friends. All the people in the choir were her friends. She really enjoyed all of them. She loved to sing so the choir was a big part of her life, her retirement.

  3. First Liberty Institute:

    Todd Starnes Radio Show. no court has ever declared a ceremony observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day unconstitutional because it featured a gospel choir and religious language similar to those of the civil rights leaders.

  4. Camille Cortes:

    It was really devastating for all of us knowing that we might not get the opportunity to sing together anymore, our choir is more of a family.

  5. Paul Imhoff:

    As schools are making decisions about having choir and band and wrestling, it's about making sure our kids are healthy in every way. I think everyone's doing their best to take care of the whole child.

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