- 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
- a male or female given name.
- 1893–1953, king of Romania 1930–40.
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Contemporary Examples of carol
There was Carol White, a ho-hum homemaker who finds herself besieged by multiple chemical sensitivity in Safe.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
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A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.
Finally, a score or so of films have been made of the story, some called A Christmas Carol and others, simply, Scrooge.
When A Christmas Carol was published just in time for the Christmas of 1843, the holiday had been in a long decline in England.
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Historical Examples of carol
"Carol, see and get an ass to put these kishes on," said Ussher.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
"I think you're quite wrong there, Carol," said Dora, interrupting her.
"Which is its own reward, and generally doesn't get it," laughed Carol, colouring slightly.
"I don't think there is much misunderstanding, Carol," said Dora.
I promised Carol that I should not say anything about it until she was out of England.
- 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 for carol
- 1893–1953, king of Romania (1930–40), who was deposed by the Iron Guard
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.