verb (used without object),car·oled,car·ol·ing or (especially British)car·olled,car·ol·ling.
to sing Christmas songs or hymns, especially in a group performing in a public place or going from house to house.
to sing, especially in a lively, joyous manner; warble.
verb (used with object),car·oled,car·ol·ing or (especially British)car·olled,car·ol·ling.
to sing joyously.
to praise or celebrate in song.
Origin of carol
1250–1300;Middle Englishcarole ring, circle (of stones), enclosed place for study (see carrel), ringdance with song (hence, song) < Anglo-Frenchcarole,Old French*corole (compare Old Provençalcorola), apparently < Latincorolla garland (see corolla), conflated with Latinchoraula < Greekchoraúlēs piper for choral dance, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -aulēs, derivative of aulós pipe
Related formscar·ol·er; especially British, car·ol·ler, nounout·car·ol, verb (used with object),out·car·oled,out·car·ol·ing or (especially British)out·car·olled,out·car·ol·ling.un·car·oled, adjectiveun·car·olled, adjective
masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Carolus (see Charles). As a fem. proper name, an abbreviation of Caroline. The masc. name never has been popular in U.S.; the fem. form was common after c.1900 and was a top-10 name for U.S. girls born 1936-1950.
c.1300, "to dance in a ring," from Old French caroler, from carole (see carol (n.)). As "to sing" from late 14c. Related: Caroled; caroling.
c.1300, "joyful song," also "dance in a ring," from Old French carole "kind of dance in a ring, round dance accompanied by singers," perhaps from Medieval Latin choraula "a dance to the flute," from Latin choraules "flute-player," from Greek khoraules "flute player who accompanies the choral dance," from khoros "chorus" (see chorus) + aulein "to play the flute," from aulos "reed instrument" (see alveolus). The meaning "Christmas hymn of joy" is attested from c.1500.