- 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.
chorus definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin a dance, band of dancers or singers ; from Classical Greek choros
chorus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cho·rus·es
- Music a. A composition usually in four or more parts written for a large number of singers.b. A refrain in which others, such as audience members, join a soloist in a song.c. A line or group of lines repeated at intervals in a song.d. A solo section based on the main melody of a popular song and played by a member of the group.e. A body of singers who perform choral compositions, usually having more than one singer for each part.f. A body of vocalists and dancers who support the soloists and leading performers in operas, musical comedies, and revues.
- 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 of masked dancers who performed ceremonial songs at religious festivals in early Greek times.b. The group in a classical Greek drama whose songs and dances present an exposition of or, in later tradition, a disengaged commentary on the action.c. The portion of a classical Greek drama consisting of choric dance and song.
- A group or performer in a modern drama serving a purpose similar to the Greek chorus.
- The performers of a choral ode, especially a Pindaric ode.
- 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.c. The sounds so made.
Origin: Latin, choral dance, from Greek khoros; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
chorus - Phrases/Idioms