- a song, especially of joy.
- a Christmas song or hymn.
- a seat in a bay window or oriel.
- a compartment in a cloister, similar to a carrel.
- a kind of circular dance.
- 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.
- to sing joyously.
- to praise or celebrate in song.
Origin of carol
Examples from the Web for carolling
The day was breaking, and already the birds were carolling to the rising sun.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
From the library came the carolling sweetness of Piney's tenor.Sally of Missouri
R. E. Young
It was the carolling of her few words, so free and unconcerned in tone.Mathieu Ropars: et cetera
There we detect him carolling loud and cheerfully, like a robin.Bird Neighbors
Let it sing, for it is like a joyous bird, carolling on ze topmost bough.The Girls of St. Cyprian's
- a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
- archaic an old English circular dance
- (intr) to sing carols at Christmas
- to sing (something) in a joyful manner
Word Origin and History for carolling
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.