chorus

[kawr-uhs, kohr-]
noun, plural choruses.
1.
Music.
a.
a group of persons singing in unison.
b.
(in an opera, oratorio, etc.) such a group singing choral parts in connection with soloists or individual singers.
c.
a piece of music for singing in unison.
d.
a part of a song that recurs at intervals, usually following each verse; refrain.
2.
simultaneous utterance in singing, speaking, shouting, etc.
3.
the sounds so uttered: a chorus of jeers.
4.
a.
a company of dancers and singers.
b.
the singing, dancing, or songs performed by such a company.
5.
a.
a lyric poem, believed to have been in dithyrambic form, that was sung and danced to, originally as a religious rite, by a company of persons.
b.
an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors in ancient Greek drama.
c.
the group of actors that performed the chorus and served as major participants in, commentators on, or as a supplement to the main action of the drama.
6.
Theater.
a.
a group of actors or a single actor having a function similar to that of the Greek chorus, as in Elizabethan drama.
b.
the part of a play performed by such a group or individual.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), chorused, chorusing.
7.
to sing or speak in chorus.
Idioms
8.
in chorus, in unison; with all speaking or singing simultaneously: They responded in chorus to the minister's questions.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin < Greek chorós a dance, band of dancers and singers

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chorus (ˈkɔːrəs)
 
n , pl -ruses
1.  a large choir of singers or a piece of music composed for such a choir
2.  a body of singers or dancers who perform together, in contrast to principals or soloists
3.  a section of a song in which a soloist is joined by a group of singers, esp in a recurring refrain
4.  an intermediate section of a pop song, blues, etc, as distinct from the verse
5.  jazz any of a series of variations on a theme
6.  in ancient Greece
 a.  a lyric poem sung by a group of dancers, originally as a religious rite
 b.  an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors
7.  a.  (in classical Greek drama) the actors who sang the chorus and commented on the action of the play
 b.  actors playing a similar role in any drama
8.  a.  (esp in Elizabethan drama) the actor who spoke the prologue, etc
 b.  the part of the play spoken by this actor
9.  a group of people or animals producing words or sounds simultaneously
10.  any speech, song, or other utterance produced by a group of people or animals simultaneously: a chorus of sighs; the dawn chorus
11.  in chorus in unison
 
vb
12.  to speak, sing, or utter (words, etc) in unison
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek khoros]

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Word Origin & History

chorus
1561, from Gk. khoros "band of dancers or singers, dance, dancing ground," from PIE *ghoro-. In Attic tragedy, the khoros gave expression, between the acts, to the moral and religious sentiments evoked by the actions of the play. Originally used in theatrical sense; meaning of "a choir" first attested
1656. Meaning "the refrain of a song" (which the audience joins in singing) is 1599. Chorus girl is 1894.
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Chorus definition

operating system
A distributed operating system developed at INRIA.
(2006-09-20)

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Idioms & Phrases

chorus

see in chorus.

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Example sentences
The group, and an expanding chorus of fretful bloggers, reckon that life is
  imitating art.
The group has never produced many verse-chorus-verse songs, and there are
  dangers in that approach.
The grand opera chorus strike didn't come off yesterday.
Some people may sign up with the local community chorus or dramatic society.
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