Definition of carol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkar(ə)l/


A religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas: we sang carols by candlelight
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  • Groups singing carols and folk songs to the beat of local musical instruments would arrive unannounced at any time of the night.
  • I always loved singing Christmas carols and hymns, and looked forward to the Nine Lessons and Carols service before Christmas.
  • One of the main objectives of the choir at present is to put together a presentation of hymns and carols for Christmas services.
Christmas song, hymn, psalm, canticle
archaic noel

verb (carols, carolling, carolled; US carols, caroling, caroled)

1 [with object] Sing or say (something) happily: [with direct speech]: ‘Goodbye,’ he carolled
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  • Leo caroled her laughter, and said: ‘The gem is the one I picked when I created my character!’
  • Then there was the yearly appearance of the young lady who, clad in riding outfit and cracking a mean whip, leapt on to the stage carolling ‘The next horse I ride on I'm going to be tied on.’
  • Yet, I don't spring out of bed each morning, carolling syrupy songs about how glad I am to be preparing for work.
sing, trill, chorus, warble, chirp, pipe, quaver, chant, intone
archaic wassail
2 (as noun carolling) The activity of singing Christmas carols: Christmas carolling
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  • Not only were nine out ten adults convinced that Christmas carolling was disappearing as a tradition, but nine out of ten were also worried about it.
  • They all insisted that they want both carolling and Christmas party this year.
  • The FACES Club, with its mandate of breaking racial barriers and promoting cross-cultural friendships, decided to participate in the carolling to raise awareness about what they stand for.



Pronunciation: /ˈkarələ/
Example sentences
  • And finally, there's this local song that's not really a Christmas song, but which carollers always sing at each house.
  • A quarter of an hour later a new group of carollers poured in and surrounded us.
  • Smiles and offers of hot chocolate greet carolers as they stroll through the snowy streets singing the melodies of Christmas.


Middle English: from Old French carole (noun), caroler (verb), of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with carol

apparel, barrel, Carole, carrel, Carroll, Darrell, Darryl, Farrell

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