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a group of singers, esp. in a church service; a group of musicians: a string choir
Not to be confused with:
quire – a set of twenty-four uniform sheets of paper
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1. An organized company of singers, especially one performing church music or singing in a church.
a. The part of a church used by such a company of singers.
b. The part of the chancel in a cruciform church that is occupied by this company of singers.
a. A group of instruments of the same kind: a string choir.
b. A division of some pipe organs, containing pipes suitable for accompanying a choir.
4. An organized group: a choir of dancers.
5. One of the orders of angels.
intr.v. choired, choir·ing, choirs
To sing in chorus.
[Middle English quer, quire, from Old French cuer, from Medieval Latin chorus, from Latin, choral dance; see chorus.]
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nArchaic spelling: quire
1. (Music, other) an organized group of singers, esp for singing in church services
a. the part of a cathedral, abbey, or church in front of the altar, lined on both sides with benches, and used by the choir and clergy. Compare chancel
b. (as modifier): choir stalls.
3. (Instruments) a number of instruments of the same family playing together: a brass choir.
4. (Instruments) Also called: choir organ one of the manuals on an organ controlling a set of soft sweet-toned pipes. Compare great21, swell16
5. (Theology) any of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology
6. preach to the choir chiefly US to express an opinion to someone who is already in agreement with it
[C13 quer, from Old French cuer, from Latin chorus]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a company of singers, esp. an organized group in a church.
2. any group of musicians or musical instruments; a musical company or band, or a division of one: string choir.
a. the part of a church occupied by choir singers.
b. the part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
4. (medieval) one of the orders of angels.v.t., v.i.
5. to sing or sound in chorus.
[1250–1300; Middle English quer < Old French cuer < Latin chorus chorus]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Choiran organized company of persons or things; a company of singers; a band or company of dancers; an order or division of angels. See also carol, chorus.
Examples: choir of angels, 1667; of cherubim, 1667; of choristers; of cosmical science, 1855; of dancers; of echoes, 1592; of muses, of planets, 1692; of teeth, 1704; of tents, 1382.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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|Noun||1.||choir - a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony|
chorus - a group of people assembled to sing together
chorister - a singer in a choir
|2.||choir - a family of similar musical instrument playing together|
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
|3.||choir - the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave|
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
|Verb||1.||choir - sing in a choir |
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= part of church) → chœur m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(Archit) → Chor(raum) m
choirin cpds → Chor-;
n → Chor- or Sängerknabe m
n → Chorempore f
n → Chorleiter m
n → Chorprobe f
n → Konvikt nt → für Sängerknaben
n → Chorstuhl m
pl → Chorgestühl nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
choir[ˈkwaɪəʳ] n → coro
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a group of singers. He used to sing in the church choir. koor جَوْقَه مُرَتِّلين хор coro chór, pěvecký sbor der Chor kor χορωδίαcoro laulukoor دستۀ خوانندگان kuoro choeurמקהלה भजन गाने वालों का समूह pjevački zbor kórus paduan suara kór coro 合唱団 합창단 choras koris koir koorkorchór ډله (دسندر غاړو): په كليسا كې دسندر غاړو ځاى coro cor хор chór, zbor zbor hor kör คณะประสานเสียง koro 唱詩班，合唱團 хор گرجے میں گایا جانے والا نغمہ đội hợp xướng 唱诗队，合唱团
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
choir→ كُوْرَس sbor kor Chor χορωδία coro kuoro chœur zbor coro 聖歌隊 합창단 koor kor chór coro хор kör คณะร้องเพลงประสานเสียง koro dàn đồng ca 唱诗班
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