- 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
Related Words for carolingserenade, chant, warble, whistle, shout, croon, hum, wait, intone, sing, chirp, trill, recite, unify, reconcile, cooperate, integrate, adjust, coordinate, solo
Examples from the Web for caroling
Contemporary Examples of caroling
Presumably with caroling, though presumably not with “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of caroling
I have heard them caroling with all cheerfulness in the midst of a driving snow-storm.Birds in the Bush
Feelings and aspirations move like flocks of caroling songsters.A Man's Value to Society
Newell Dwight Hillis
But it is a cold night for caroling, and I hope you have been taken care of within.Mirk Abbey, Volume 1(of 3)
Somewhere in the woods behind them a robin was caroling with liquid harmony.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
You dont mean to say you been caroling your roundelays in that place?The Heart of Canyon Pass
Thomas K. Holmes
- 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
c.1300, verbal noun from carol (v.).
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.