[kawr-uh-ster, kor-]


a singer in a choir.
a choirboy.
a choir leader.

Origin of chorister

1325–75; < Medieval Latin chorist(a) singer in a choir + -er1; replacing Middle English queristre < Anglo-French, equivalent to quer choir + -istre -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chorister

Historical Examples of chorister

  • That sweet singer, the solitaire, is the chorister of the forest.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • No smokes, no drinks, few if any eats—and not a chorister in sight.

    Angel Island

    Inez Haynes Gillmore

  • You are a member of the college school and a chorister, are you not?

  • "If he's a chorister, I'd like to go where he keeps his choir," said Rob.

    Nelly's Silver Mine

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • And so, Harry, my boy, you have really made up your mind to be a chorister?

British Dictionary definitions for chorister



a singer in a choir, esp a choirboy

Word Origin for chorister

C14: from Medieval Latin chorista
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chorister

"member of a choir," mid-14c., queristre, from Anglo-French cueriste, French choriste, from Church Latin chorista, from Latin chorus (see chorus) + -ster. Modern form is from late 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper