verb (used without object), car·oled, car·ol·ing or (especially British) car·olled, car·ol·ling.
verb (used with object), car·oled, car·ol·ing or (especially British) car·olled, car·ol·ling.
Origin of carol
Examples from the Web for carolling
It was the carolling of her few words, so free and unconcerned in tone.Mathieu Ropars: et cetera|William Young
Two girls were capering and carolling behind the footlights.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
Birds were flitting from spray to spray, carolling their hymns of praise to Deity.Lectures on Language|William S. Balch
The sub-editor made his first appearance that day, carolling joyously.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
The birds had been up many an hour, and were carolling and chirping gleefully about the eaves of the house, and in the gardens.Lancashire Sketches|Edwin Waugh
verb -ols, -olling or -olled or US -ols, -oling or -oled
Word Origin for 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.
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.