Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


1. A song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas.
2. An old round dance often accompanied by singing.
v. car·oled, car·ol·ing, car·ols also car·olled or car·ol·ling
1. To sing in a loud, joyous manner.
2. To go from house to house singing Christmas songs.
1. To celebrate in or as if in song: caroling the victory.
2. To sing loudly and joyously.

[Middle English carole, round dance with singing, from Old French, probably from Late Latin choraula, choral song, from Latin choraulēs, accompanist, from Greek khoraulēs : khoros, choral dance; see gher- in Indo-European roots + aulos, flute.]

car′ol·er, car′ol·ler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caroller - a singer of carolscaroller - a singer of carols      
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
References in periodicals archive ?
This has led to speculation that the mysterious caroller could be the ghost of a nun killed for her support of the Royalists during unrest following the English Civil War in the late 17th century.
Throughout the museum campus, hear Victorian-era carols by the Canterbury Carollers at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:45 pm.
Dozens of fine-voiced carollers toured the pubs and public places of the village to bring some early festive joy and raise money for Marsden's 14th District Scouts and St Bartholomew's Church.
Every school had a child whose angelic voice would see parents wiping away tears during a solo of Away in a Manger and he, or she, would be offered various bribes to join a particular group of carollers.
Some youngsters came dressed as Santa, while other young carollers donned light-up Christmas tree hats and even Rudolph antlers.
Their show captures the atmosphere of midnight carollers, mummers, wassailing, dancing and making merry in the mid-19th century.
Russell makes it clear that the book does not present transcriptions of the pieces exactly as they are found in the manuscript sources: they are set at the pitch at which they would normally be sung by present-day carollers, and the vocal parts reflect current singing practice.
Abu Dhabi Carollers singing in the lobby and beautiful decorations are just some of the things that people can admire during this festive season in hotels across the capital.
Released on her own label, it's a labour of love that draws inspiration from the carollers of South Yorkshire who, for 200 years, have maintained a tradition of community carol singing.