[kwahyuh r]


a company of singers, especially an organized group employed in church service.
any group of musicians or musical instruments; a musical company, or band, or a division of one: string choir.
  1. the part of a church occupied by the singers of the choir.
  2. the part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
(in medieval angelology) one of the orders of angels.


professed to recite or chant the divine office: a choir monk.

verb (used with or without object)

to sing or sound in chorus.

Origin of choir

1250–1300; Middle English quer < Old French cuer < Latin chorus chorus; replacing Old English chor choir < Latin
Related formschoir·like, adjective
Can be confusedchoir quire1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for choir

Contemporary Examples of choir

Historical Examples of choir

  • He could hear the music of the organ, and presently the choir began to sing an anthem.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Josie, of course, was prompt to oust Angie Tuthill from her place in the choir.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I wish you'd commence to-night, instead of choir practice night.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It was a low vault, with squat arches, on exactly the same plan as the choir.

  • Thirdly, the choir of elder men, who are from thirty to sixty years of age, will also sing.



British Dictionary definitions for choir



an organized group of singers, esp for singing in church services
  1. the part of a cathedral, abbey, or church in front of the altar, lined on both sides with benches, and used by the choir and clergyCompare chancel
  2. (as modifier)choir stalls
a number of instruments of the same family playing togethera brass choir
Also called: choir organ one of the manuals on an organ controlling a set of soft sweet-toned pipesCompare great (def. 21), swell (def. 16)
any of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology
Archaic spelling: quire
Derived Formschoirlike, adjective

Word Origin for choir

C13 quer, from Old French cuer, from Latin chorus
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Word Origin and History for choir

c.1300, queor "part of the church where the choir sings," from Old French cuer, quer "choir of a church (architectural); chorus of singers" (13c., Modern French choeur), from Latin chorus "choir" (see chorus). Meaning "band of singers" is c.1400, quyre. Re-spelled mid-17c. on Latin model.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper