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carol

[kar-uh l]
noun
  1. a song, especially of joy.
  2. a Christmas song or hymn.
  3. a seat in a bay window or oriel.
  4. a compartment in a cloister, similar to a carrel.
  5. a kind of circular dance.
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verb (used without object), car·oled, car·ol·ing or (especially British) car·olled, car·ol·ling.
  1. to sing Christmas songs or hymns, especially in a group performing in a public place or going from house to house.
  2. to sing, especially in a lively, joyous manner; warble.
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verb (used with object), car·oled, car·ol·ing or (especially British) car·olled, car·ol·ling.
  1. to sing joyously.
  2. 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
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
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Historical Examples of carollers

  • 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 carollers

carol

noun
  1. a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
  2. archaic an old English circular dance
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verb -ols, -olling or -olled or US -ols, -oling or -oled
  1. (intr) to sing carols at Christmas
  2. to sing (something) in a joyful manner
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Derived Formscaroler or caroller, nouncaroling or carolling, noun

Word Origin for carol

C13: from Old French, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for carollers

Carol

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.

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carol

v.

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.

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carol

n.

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.

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