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choral

[adjective kawr-uh l, kohr-; noun kuh-ral, kaw-, koh-, kawr-uh l, kohr-]
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adjective
  1. of a chorus or a choir: She heads our new choral society.
  2. sung by, adapted for, or containing a chorus or a choir.
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noun
  1. chorale.
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Origin of choral

1580–90; < Medieval Latin chorālis, equivalent to chor(us) chorus + -ālis -al1
Related formscho·ral·ly, adverb
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Related Words

melodicrhythmicpassionaterhapsodicsoulfulemotionalexpressiveliltingchoraloperaticsymphonicvocalarticulateverbalchantpaeandittypsalmoratoriocoloratura

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Historical Examples

  • Three other members of the choral company were there already.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Greatly must they rejoice when they see their beautiful child in the choral dance.

  • They were, like most Spartan choral dances, renowned for their graceful rhythms.

  • It was among the first of the London churches to have a choral service.

    Chelsea

    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

  • There is a choral moment from the English horn, the 131 bassoons, and a clarinet.


British Dictionary definitions for choral

choral

adjective (ˈkɔːrəl)
  1. relating to, sung by, or designed for a chorus or choir
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noun (kɒˈrɑːl)
  1. a variant spelling of chorale
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Derived Formschorally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for choral

adj.

1580s, from Middle French choral or directly from Medieval Latin choralis "belonging to a chorus or choir," from Latin chorus (see chorus).

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