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chorale

[ kuh-ral, -rahl, kaw-, koh-; kawr-uh l, kohr- ]
/ kəˈræl, -ˈrɑl, kɔ-, koʊ-; ˈkɔr əl, ˈkoʊr- /
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noun

a hymn, especially one with strong harmonization: a Bach chorale.
a group of singers specializing in singing church music; choir.

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hymn, verse, ensemble, choir, melody, music, theme, tune, chant, paean, ditty, psalm, oratorio, eulogy, shout, celebration, canticle, lullaby, number, strain

Nearby words

chopsticks, choragic, choragus, choral, choral speaking, chorale, chorale prelude, chorally, chord, chord chart, chord of the sixth

Origin of chorale

1835–45; < German Choral, short for Choralgesang, translation of Latin cantus chorālis choral singing; see choral
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chorale

choral

/ (kɒˈrɑːl) /

noun

a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
mainly US a choir or chorus

Word Origin for chorale

C19: from German Choralgesang, translation of Latin cantus chorālis choral song
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Word Origin and History for chorale

chorale


n.

1828, "sacred choral song," from German Choral "metrical hymn in Reformed church," shortened from Choralgesang "choral song," translating Medieval Latin cantus choralis, from Latin cantus (see chant (v.)) + choralis (see choral). The -e was added to indicate stress. Meaning "group of singers" is 1942.

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