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chorister

[kawr-uh-ster, kor-]
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noun
  1. a singer in a choir.
  2. a choirboy.
  3. a choir leader.
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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
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Related Words for chorister

artist, musician, voice, diva, soloist, crooner, vocalist, ensemble, choir, troubadour, songbird, songster, minstrel, artiste, warbler, chorister, accompanist, chanter, nightingale, entertainer

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

chorister

noun
  1. a singer in a choir, esp a choirboy
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Word Origin for chorister

C14: from Medieval Latin chorista
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Word Origin and History for chorister

n.

"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.

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