Definitions for choir
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a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony
a family of similar musical instrument playing together
the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
sing in a choir
singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together
The church choir practices Thursday nights.
the part of a church where the choir assembles for song
one of the nine ranks or orders of angels
Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones are three of the choirs of angels.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: chorus, Latin.
They now assist the choir
Of angels, who their songs admire. Edmund Waller.
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.
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.
a band or organized company of singers, especially in church service
that part of a church appropriated to the singers
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.]
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'choir' in Nouns Frequency: #2658
The numerical value of choir in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of choir in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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.
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.
When I pass on, it'll be up to you two – I wouldn't mind it if you throw on a little ZZ Top in there, i'd rather have that than a church choir.
Go campaign outside your comfort zone, campaign outside of the choir.
We heard from members how the choir had changed their lives and how they wanted and needed to keep singing.
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- جوقة, كورالArabic
- chór, kruchta, kůr, sborCzech
- Chor, EngelschorGerman
- koru, abesbatzaBasque
- kööri, kuori, kuoroFinnish
- chœur, classeFrench
- còisirScottish Gaelic
- kórus, énekkar, karHungarian
- 合唱団, 聖歌隊Japanese
- 합창단, 合唱團Korean
- koaea, koeaMāori
- coral, coroPortuguese
- хор, horSerbo-Croatian
- chór, zborSlovak
- zbor, korSlovene
- 團合唱, dàn hợp xướngVietnamese
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