- Obsolete a kind of circle dance
- a song of joy or praise; esp., a Christmas song
Origin of carolMiddle English carole ; from Old French kind of dance, Christmas song ; from Medieval Latin choraula, a dance to the flute ; from Classical Latin choraules ; from Classical Greek choraulēs, flute player who accompanied the choral dance ; from choros, chorus + aulein, to play the flute ; from aulos, flute
intransitive verbcaroled or carolled, caroling or carolling
- to sing, esp. in joy; warble
- to sing carols, esp. Christmas carols, in chorus with others
- to sing (a tune, etc.)
- to praise in song
- a feminine name
Origin of CarolMedieval Latin Carolus: see Charles a masculine name
- A song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas.
- An old round dance often accompanied by singing.
verbcar·oled, car·ol·ing, car·ols also car·olled or car·ol·ling
- To sing in a loud, joyous manner.
- To go from house to house singing Christmas songs.
- To celebrate in or as if in song: caroling the victory.
- To sing loudly and joyously.
Origin of carolMiddle English carole, round dance with singing, from Old French, probably from Late Latin choraula, choral song, from Latin choraulēs, accompanist, from Greek khoraulēs : khoros, choral dance; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots + aulos, flute.
- car′ol·er, car′ol·ler
- (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner.
- (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
- To praise or celebrate in song.
- To sing (a song) cheerfully.
From Old French carole, from Old Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (choravles, “one who accompanies a chorus on the flute”), from χορός (choros, “dance, choir”) + αὐλός (avlos, “flute”). Compare chorus, terpsichorean.
- A female given name, popular in the middle of the 20th century.
Shortened from Caroline. Associated by folk etymology with the English noun carol.
- A male given name.