chorister

[kawr-uh-ster, kor-]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. chorioretinitis,
  2. chorioretinopathy,
  3. choripetalous,
  4. choriso,
  5. chorista,
  6. choristoma,
  7. chorizo,
  8. chork,
  9. chorley,
  10. chorogi

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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British Dictionary definitions for chorister

chorister

noun

a singer in a choir, esp a choirboy

Word Origin for chorister

C14: from Medieval Latin chorista

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Word Origin and History for chorister

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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