from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A composition usually in four or more parts written for a large number of singers.
  • n. Music A refrain in which others, such as audience members, join a soloist in a song.
  • n. Music A line or group of lines repeated at intervals in a song.
  • n. Music A solo section based on the main melody of a popular song and played by a member of the group.
  • n. Music A body of singers who perform choral compositions, usually having more than one singer for each part.
  • n. Music A body of vocalists and dancers who support the soloists and leading performers in operas, musical comedies, and revues.
  • n. A group of persons who speak or sing in unison a given part or composition in drama or poetry recitation.
  • n. An actor in Elizabethan drama who recites the prologue and epilogue to a play and sometimes comments on the action.
  • n. A group of masked dancers who performed ceremonial songs at religious festivals in early Greek times.
  • n. The group in a classical Greek drama whose songs and dances present an exposition of or, in later tradition, a disengaged commentary on the action.
  • n. The portion of a classical Greek drama consisting of choric dance and song.
  • n. A group or performer in a modern drama serving a purpose similar to the Greek chorus.
  • n. The performers of a choral ode, especially a Pindaric ode.
  • n. A speech, song, or other utterance made in concert by many people.
  • n. A simultaneous utterance by a number of people: a chorus of jeers from the bystanders.
  • n. The sounds so made.
  • transitive v. To sing or utter in or as if in chorus.
  • idiom in chorus All together; in unison.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of singers and dancers in the religious festivals of ancient Greece
  • n. A group of people in a play or performance who recite together.
  • n. A group of singers; singing group who perform together.
  • n. A repeated part of a song, also called the refrain.
  • n. A setting or feature in electronic music that makes one voice sound like many.
  • n. A group of people or animals who make sounds together
  • n. An actor who reads the opening and closing lines of a play.
  • v. To echo a particular sentiment.
  • v. To sing the chorus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A band of singers and dancers.
  • n. A company of persons supposed to behold what passed in the acts of a tragedy, and to sing the sentiments which the events suggested in couplets or verses between the acts; also, that which was thus sung by the chorus.
  • n. An interpreter in a dumb show or play.
  • n. A company of singers singing in concert.
  • n. A composition of two or more parts, each of which is intended to be sung by a number of voices.
  • n. Parts of a song or hymn recurring at intervals, as at the end of stanzas; also, a company of singers who join with the singer or choir in singer or choir in singing such parts.
  • n. The simultaneous of a company in any noisy demonstration.
  • intransitive v. To sing in chorus; to exclaim simultaneously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sing or join in the chorus of: as, to chorus a song.
  • To exclaim or call out in concert.
  • n. A dance. Specifically, in the ancient Greek drama— A dance performed by a number of persons in a ring, in honor of Bacchus, accompanied by the singing of the sacred dithyrambic odes. From this simple rite was developed the Greek drama, In continuation of the early tradition, a company of persons, represented as of age, sex, and estate appropriate to the play, who took part through their leader, the coryphæus, with the actors in the dialogue of a drama, and sang their sentiments at stated intervals when no actor was on the stage.
  • n. One of the songs executed by the chorus.
  • n. In music: A company of singers, especially an organized company, such as singers in a church or a choral society, In an oratorio, opera, or concert, the general company of singers, as distinguished from the soloists, A part of a song in which the listeners join with the singer; a refrain; also, any recurring refrain or burden, A musical composition intended to be sung in harmony by a company of singers, usually by four voices. A double chorus is for eight voices, The compound or mixture stops of an organ. In the tenth century, an instrument, probably the bagpipe, In the fifteenth century, the drone of a bagpipe or of the accompaniment strings of the crowd. Formerly, in Scotland, a loud trumpet.
  • n. A union of voices or sounds, or a company of persons, resembling a chorus.
  • n. In zoology, a genus of mollusks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter in unison
  • n. any utterance produced simultaneously by a group
  • n. the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
  • n. a group of people assembled to sing together
  • v. sing in a choir
  • n. a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
  • n. a body of dancers or singers who perform together


Latin, choral dance, from Greek khoros; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός (khoros). (Wiktionary)



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