noun (plural choruses)
- 1A large organized group of singers, especially one that performs together with an orchestra or opera company.More example sentences
- The singers, choruses and orchestras that Britten conducts are among the finest that were ever recorded with a veritable array of British talent that one only dreams of assembling.
- Under Mackerras's direction, singers, the huge chorus and orchestra played this in convincing, passionate fashion.
- The balance between the orchestra, the choruses, and the soloists is excellent - the engineering helps.
- 1.1A group of singers or dancers performing together in a supporting role in a stage musical or opera.More example sentences
- A native of the town is bringing together special guests, choruses and dancers to perform all the big hits from the West End musicals.
- They made 42nd Street - the story of a girl plucked from the chorus to the lead role in a Broadway musical - more than just a fluffy fairy tale.
- She was unique in her day because most female dancers danced in the chorus and there were very few female solo performers.
- 1.2A piece of choral music, especially one forming part of a larger work such as an opera or oratorio.More example sentences
- Also, the music is more sectional, with clearly defined arias, ensemble pieces, and choruses.
- The Leonin pieces alternate ensemble choruses of chant with organum passages which feature a solo voice floating melodic lines over the drone.
- Although also without recitative, there were arioso pieces and instrumental symphonies, with choruses which included chorales.
- 1.3A part of a song that is repeated after each verse, typically by more than one singer.More example sentences
- An anthemic song with a big chorus, and an infectious spring in its step, the number demonstrated Rooster's readiness to have fun with a big riff.
- These are real songs here, with choruses and verses and vocals wrapped around each other.
- Short and sweet, the songs spin around catchy choruses; witty verses are largely absent.
- 1.4A simple song for group singing, especially in informal Christian worship.More example sentences
- She wrote choruses that were sung in her church.
- Worship is a mix of the good old traditional hymns and the more modern choruses led by the music group.
- Some use musical instruments while others do not; some sing only Psalms while others use hymns and choruses.
- 2(In ancient Greek tragedy) a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together.More example sentences
- In Greek tragedy the chorus commented on the action, but in Feathers of Peace there is no commentator giving moral comment.
- All Greek tragedies have choruses, who take on the roles of observers, narrators, commentators and critics.
- In Greek theatre the chorus always marched onto stage in a square, but danced in circular mode.
- 2.1A simultaneous utterance of something by many people: a growing chorus of complaint “Good morning,” we replied in chorusMore example sentences
- But the chorus of whines about interference in the internal affairs of the country is 90 per cent arrant hypocrisy.
- We beeline to Church Street and do the same thing, blowing through red lights and garnering a chorus of catcalls from the local street life.
- American novelists have done their bit to swell the chorus of lamentation.
- 2.2A single character who speaks the prologue and other linking parts of the play, especially in Elizabethan drama.More example sentences
- The play begins with a sonnet spoken by the chorus and in its poetry, language, and plot reflects the sonnet craze of the 1590s, from which period Shakespeare's own sequence dates.
- Four individual characters and a chorus add flesh and blood to Sircar's play.
- He is also accustomed to introduce a character as a sort of chorus, to detail the progress of events to his audience.
- 2.3A section of text spoken by the chorus in drama.More example sentences
- So rhetorical techniques, such as choruses and verses and meter have always been very important.
- The film version is slightly expurgated (eliminating the play's chorus), but otherwise faithfully maintains Marlowe's poetry.
- The play's second chorus, with its explicit denunciation of ‘rash’ and ‘heady’ conclusion, resonates significantly beyond the specific circumstance of ‘this tale of Herod's end’.
- 2.4A device used with an amplified musical instrument to give the impression that more than one instrument is being played: [as modifier]: a chorus pedalMore example sentences
- The only thing that places it as an early 80s artifact is the sound of guitars squeezed through chorus pedals.
- In those days, it always had a bit of chorus pedal on it, which made the bass sound a little thicker.
- Lead singer enjoyed using her chorus pedal while the lead guitarist couldn't stop creating textures and backward-sounding leads with his volume pedal.
verb (chorused, chorusing)[with object] Back to top
- (Of a group of people) say the same thing at the same time: they chorused a noisy amen [with direct speech]: “Morning, Father,” the children chorusedMore example sentences
- The crowd, chorusing its approval, evidently felt it was safe to start the customary Mexican wave, and Pierce, basking in her new - found serenity, scored herself a few brownie points by joining in.
- More than 40,000 chorused it back at them when Kris Boyd regained his scoring touch to give the home side a lead they never squandered.
- Caught up in the enthusiasm, we all chorused a hearty ‘Hallelujah!’
mid 16th century (denoting a character speaking the prologue and epilogue in a play and serving to comment on events): from Latin, from Greek khoros.