A group of singers at choir practice.
An example of a choir is the members of a church that sing hymns from the front of a church.
- a group of singers organized and trained to sing together, esp. in a church
- the part of a church they occupy, as a chancel or choir loft
- an instrumental section of an orchestra: the brass choir
- any organized group or band, as of dancers
- Theol. any of the nine orders of angels
Origin of choirfrom Middle English quere from Old French cuer from Medieval Latin chorus, choir from Classical Latin (see chorus); spelling, spelled altered under influenced, influence of Classical Latin
- An organized company of singers, especially one performing church music or singing in a church.
- a. The part of a church used by such a company of singers.b. The part of the chancel in a cruciform church that is occupied by this company of singers.
- a. A group of instruments of the same kind: a string choir.b. A division of some pipe organs, containing pipes suitable for accompanying a choir.
- An organized group: a choir of dancers.
- One of the orders of angels.
intransitive verbchoired, choir·ing, choirs
Origin of choirMiddle English quer, quire from Old French cuer from Medieval Latin chorus from Latin choral dance ; see chorus .
- Singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together.
- The church choir practices Thursday nights.
- The part of a church where the choir assembles for song.
- (Christian angelology) One of the nine ranks or orders of angels.
- Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones are three of the choirs of angels.
From Middle English quer, quere, from Old French quer, from Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός (choros, “company of dancers or singers”). Modern spelling influenced by chorus and Modern French chœur.