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chorale

[ kuh-ral, -rahl, kaw-, koh-; kawr-uhl, 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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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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