noun, plural cho·rus·es.
- a group of persons singing in unison.
- (in an opera, oratorio, etc.) such a group singing choral parts in connection with soloists or individual singers.
- a piece of music for singing in unison.
- a part of a song that recurs at intervals, usually following each verse; refrain.
- a company of dancers and singers.
- the singing, dancing, or songs performed by such a company.
- a lyric poem, believed to have been in dithyrambic form, that was sung and danced to, originally as a religious rite, by a company of persons.
- an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors in ancient Greek drama.
- the group of actors that performed the chorus and served as major participants in, commentators on, or as a supplement to the main action of the drama.
- a group of actors or a single actor having a function similar to that of the Greek chorus, as in Elizabethan drama.
- the part of a play performed by such a group or individual.
verb (used with or without object), cho·rused, cho·rus·ing.
Origin of chorus
Related Words for chorusensemble, choir, melody, music, theme, tune, unison, concert, harmony, choristers, chorale, motif, song, strain, burden, bob, response, accord, consonance, concord
Examples from the Web for chorus
Contemporary Examples of chorus
And then that chorus kicks in, and the young lady formerly known as Lizzy Grant transforms into the princess of darkness.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
Another beautiful Eminor number, with a nice shift up to the major for the chorus.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
As she finishes the thought, a chorus of voices rises around her.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
December 6, 2014
Since the arrival of Chorus Master Donald Palumbo, the Met chorus now commands that same level of excellence as the orchestra.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, joining in the chorus, severely berates Tehran for its role in the Levant.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
Historical Examples of chorus
When Banstead took the chorus out to supper he had the ready repartee of his kind.Viviette
William J. Locke
Shall I sing the chorus now or would you prefer to hear it later.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Her gasp of astonishment was lost in the chorus of congratulatory cries.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
So they all called in chorus,—Fido and the other honest friends.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
I know who's goin' to be there, an' set in the chorus an' sing alto.Meadow Grass
noun plural -ruses
- a lyric poem sung by a group of dancers, originally as a religious rite
- an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors
- (in classical Greek drama) the actors who sang the chorus and commented on the action of the play
- actors playing a similar role in any drama
- (esp in Elizabethan drama) the actor who spoke the prologue, etc
- the part of the play spoken by this actor
Word Origin for chorus
1560s, from Latin chorus "a dance in a circle, the persons singing and dancing, the chorus of a tragedy," from Greek khoros "band of dancers or singers, dance, dancing ground," perhaps from PIE *gher- "to grasp, enclose," if the original sense of the Greek word is "enclosed dancing floor." Extension from dance to voice is because Attic drama arose from tales inserted in the intervals of the dance. In Attic tragedy, the khoros (of 15 or 24 persons) gave expression, between the acts, to the moral and religious sentiments evoked by the actions of the play.
When a Poet wished to bring out a piece, he asked a Chorus from the Archon, and the expenses, being great, were defrayed by some rich citizen (the khoregos): it was furnished by the Tribe and trained originally by the Poet himself" [Liddell & Scott]
Originally in English used in theatrical sense; meaning of "a choir" first attested 1650s. Meaning "the refrain of a song" (which the audience joins in singing) is 1590s. As a verb, 1703, from the noun. Chorus girl is 1894.
see in chorus.