- a hymn, especially one with strong harmonization: a Bach chorale.
- a group of singers specializing in singing church music; choir.
Origin of chorale
Examples from the Web for chorale
The chorale was the exact opposite of the motette of the Netherlands.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
Likewise the notation of a Chorale with a figured bass should not be omitted.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
It is not a play, it is a chorale of woe, malediction, and want.Iconoclasts
Then came the epistle, the litany (which was sung), and the prelude to the chorale.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
Oppositional splendour is there, and the stained radiance of a Bachian chorale.Unicorns
- a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
- mainly US a choir or chorus
Word Origin and History for chorale
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.