- A religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas: we sang carols by candlelightMore 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.
verb (carols, carolling, carolled; US carols, caroling, caroled)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Sing or say (something) happily: [with direct speech]: ‘Goodbye,’ he carolledMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (as noun carolling) The activity of singing Christmas carols: Christmas carollingMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.