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carol

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Pronunciation: /ˈkar(ə)l
 
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Definition of carol in English:

noun

A religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas: we sang carols by candlelight
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
Christmas song, hymn, psalm, canticle
archaic noel

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

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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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

caroller

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noun
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.

Words that rhyme with carol

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

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