carol definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete a kind of circle dance
- a song of joy or praise; esp., a Christmas song
Origin: Middle English carole ; from Old French kind of dance, Christmas song ; from Midieval 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 plush aulein, to play the flute ; from aulos, flute
- 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: Midieval Latin Carolus: see Charlesa masculine name
carol definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas.
- An old round dance often accompanied by singing.
- 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: Middle 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.
- carˈol·er, carˈol·ler noun