[ kar-uhl ]
/ ˈkær əl /
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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.
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.
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Origin of carol
1250–1300; Middle English carole ring, circle (of stones), enclosed place for study (see carrel), ringdance with song (hence, song) <Anglo-French carole,Old French *corole (compare Old Provençal corola), apparently <Latin corolla garland (see corolla), conflated with Latin choraula<Greek choraúlēs piper for choral dance, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -aulēs, derivative of aulós pipe
OTHER WORDS FROM carolcar·ol·er; especially British, car·ol·ler, nounoutcarol, 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
Other definitions for carol (2 of 3)
[ kar-uhl ]
/ ˈkær əl /
a male or female given name.
Other definitions for carol (3 of 3)
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How to use carol in a sentence
There were some thirty verses, and every mortal verse did these zealous carollers give us.The Little Manx Nation - 1891|Hall Caine
Christmas carollers were making an ungodly racket on the station platform.Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
Against the deferential gentleman he ranges all saints and poets, "His carollers and gay minstrels—His merry men."The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for carol
/ (ˈkærəl) /
a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
archaic an old English circular dance
verb -ols, -olling or -olled or US -ols, -oling or -oled
(intr) to sing carols at Christmas
to sing (something) in a joyful manner
Derived forms of carolcaroler or caroller, nouncaroling or carolling, noun
Word Origin for carol
C13: from Old French, of uncertain origin
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