- The definition of a chorus is a group of singers or a refrain in a song.
- An example of a chorus is a church choir.
- An example of a chorus is the part of a song that repeats several times.
- in ancient Greek drama, and drama like it, a company of performers whose singing, dancing, and narration provide explanation and elaboration of the main action
- in Elizabethan drama, a person who recites the prologue and epilogue
- a group of dancers and singers performing together in a modern musical show, opera, etc.
- the part of a drama, song, etc. performed by a chorus
- a group of people trained to sing or speak something together simultaneously
- a simultaneous utterance by many: a chorus of protest
- that which is thus uttered
- music written for group singing
- that part of a musical composition in which the company joins the solo singer
- the refrain of a song or hymn following each verse
- the main tune, as of a jazz piece, following the introduction
- Jazz a solo, usually an improvised one based on the main tune of a piece
Origin of chorusClassical Latin a dance, band of dancers or singers ; from Classical Greek choros
- a. A group of singers who perform together, usually singing multi-part compositions with more than one singer for each part.b. A group of vocalists and dancers who support the soloists and leading performers in operas, musical comedies, and revues.
- a. A musical composition usually in four or more parts written for a large number of singers.b. A refrain in a song, especially one in which the soloist is joined by other performers or audience members.c. A solo section based on the main melody of a popular song and played by a member of the group.
- a. A group of persons who speak or sing in unison a given part or composition in drama or poetry recitation.b. An actor in Elizabethan drama who recites the prologue and epilogue to a play and sometimes comments on the action.
- a. A group in a classical Greek drama whose songs and dances present an exposition of or, in later tradition, a disengaged commentary on the action.b. The portion of a classical Greek drama consisting of choric dance and song.
- a. A speech, song, or other utterance made in concert by many people.b. A simultaneous utterance by a number of people: a chorus of jeers from the bystanders.
tr. & intr.v.cho·rused, cho·rus·ing, cho·rus·es or cho·russed or cho·rus·sing or cho·rus·ses
Origin of chorusLatin, choral dance, from Greek khoros; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural choruses or chorusses)
- A group of singers and dancers in the religious festivals of ancient Greece
- A group of people in a play or performance who recite together.
- A group of singers; singing group who perform together.
- The performance of the chorus was awe-inspiring and exhilarating.
- A repeated part of a song, also called the refrain.
- The catchiest part of most songs is the chorus.
- A setting or feature in electronic music that makes one voice sound like many.
- (figuratively) A group of people or animals who make sounds together
- A chorus of crickets
- A chorus of whiners
- The noise made by such a group.
- a chorus of shouts and catcalls
- (theater) An actor who reads the opening and closing lines of a play.
(third-person singular simple present choruses, present participle chorusing or chorussing, simple past and past participle chorused or chorussed)
From Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός (khoros).