- Obs. a kind of circle dance
- a song of joy or praise; esp., a Christmas song
Origin of carolMiddle English carole from OFr, kind of dance, Christmas song from Medieval Latin choraula, a dance to the flute from Classical Latin choraules from Classical Greek choraul?s, flute player who accompanied the choral dance from choros, chorus + aulein, to play the flute from aulos, flute
intransitive verb-·oled or -·olled, -·ol·ing or -·ol·ling
- 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 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.