chorale[kə ral′, -räl′]
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- a hymn tune, esp. in the Lutheran service, with a simple melody and rhythm
- a choral or instrumental composition based on such a tune
- a group of singers; choir or chorus
Origin: < Ger choral (gesang), choral (song), hymn
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A Protestant hymn melody.
- A harmonized hymn, especially one for organ.
- A chorus or choir.
Origin: German, short for Choralgesang, choral song, translation of Medieval Latin cantus chorālis; see choral .