Definition of choir in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwʌɪə/


1An organized group of singers, especially one that takes part in church services or performs in public: a church choir the choir of the University of Ulster
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  • Many people sang in school or church choirs or in choral societies.
  • In addition, few church musicians expose their choirs to the vast choral literature of Psalms settings that is readily available.
  • And all of these families are the ones who buy the concert tickets, support the performing organizations and sing in their church choirs.
singers, chorus, chorale
1.1One of two or more subdivisions of such a group performing together: his famous Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs
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  • A well-known but comparatively rare example in English music is Tallis's Spem in alium, for 40 voices in eight five-part choirs.
  • As well as performing items from their own repertoires, both choirs will sing together on two pieces.
  • Barbara T remembers the St Patrick's concert at which the choirs from the Catholic schools sang together dressed in long white muslin frocks with green shamrock crowns on their heads.
1.2The part of a cathedral or large church between the high altar and the nave, used by the choir and clergy: it has tall, twin western towers and spires and a long nave and choir
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  • There was possibly a sense that in comparison to the magnificent new transepts and nave the choir itself, once so widely acclaimed, was no longer splendid enough.
  • Brown also does not know the difference between a nave and a choir in church architecture.
  • It was a French architect, William of Sens, who was called in to rebuild the choir of Canterbury Cathedral after the fire of 1174.
1.3A group of instruments of one family playing together: a clarinet choir
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  • They are on original instruments with small choirs, wonderfully balanced, and some of the finest Bach available.
  • The company intends for the mics to be used on acoustic instruments and choirs, as well as drum overheads and percussion.
  • The host school itself has six groups taking part a brass band, brass ensemble, junior brass trio and brass quintet, as well as a wind band and a clarinet choir.


Middle English quer, quere, from Old French quer, from Latin chorus (see chorus). The spelling change in the 17th century was due to association with Latin chorus and modern French choeur.

  • The early spellings with a ‘q’ are from Old French quer, from Latin chorus (which entered English in the mid 16th century). The spelling change in the 17th century was due to association with the Latin. The spelling variant quire has never been altered in the English Prayer Book (‘In Quires and Places where they sing, here followeth the Anthem’).

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