[ kuh-ral, -rahl, kaw-, koh-; kawr-uhl, kohr- ]
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  1. a hymn, especially one with strong harmonization: a Bach chorale.

  2. a group of singers specializing in singing church music; choir.

Origin of chorale

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

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How to use chorale in a sentence

  • With them the popular type of tune was the chorale; and here they refused to give way to popular clamour.

  • The overture leads into the first piece of song, the chorale that forms a vital part of the musical texture as the opera proceeds.

    Richard Wagner | John F. Runciman
  • Then all the congregation sang the chorale, and the choir kept silence.

  • It was published in England in 1618, and had tunes resembling the German chorale, printed over the psalms, without harmony.

  • The other was the Queen's expression as she raised her eyes to heaven while her husband's chorale was sung.

    Great Britain and Her Queen | Anne E. Keeling

British Dictionary definitions for chorale



/ (kɒˈrɑːl) /

  1. a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church

  2. mainly US a choir or chorus

Origin of chorale

C19: from German Choralgesang, translation of Latin cantus chorālis choral song

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