carol

[kar-uhl]
noun
1.
a song, especially of joy.
2.
a Christmas song or hymn.
3.
a seat in a bay window or oriel.
4.
a compartment in a cloister, similar to a carrel.
5.
a kind of circular dance.
verb (used without object), caroled, caroling or (especially British) carolled, carolling.
6.
to sing Christmas songs or hymns, especially in a group performing in a public place or going from house to house.
7.
to sing, especially in a lively, joyous manner; warble.
verb (used with object), caroled, caroling or (especially British) carolled, carolling.
8.
to sing joyously.
9.
to praise or celebrate in song.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English carole ring, circle (of stones), enclosed place for study (see carrel), ringdance with song (hence, song) < Anglo-French carole, Old French *corole (compare Old Provençal corola), apparently < Latin corolla garland (see corolla), conflated with Latin choraula < Greek choraúlēs piper for choral dance, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -aulēs, derivative of aulós pipe

caroler; especially British, caroller, noun
outcarol, verb (used with object), outcaroled, outcaroling or (especially British) outcarolled, outcarolling.
uncaroled, adjective
uncarolled, adjective
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Carol

[kar-uhl]
noun
a male or female given name.

Carol.

Carol II

[kar-uhl; Romanian kah-rawl]
noun
1893–1953, king of Romania 1930–40.
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carol (ˈkærəl)
 
n
1.  a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
2.  archaic an old English circular dance
 
vb , -ols, -olling, -olled, -ols, -oling, -oled
3.  (intr) to sing carols at Christmas
4.  to sing (something) in a joyful manner
 
[C13: from Old French, of uncertain origin]
 
'caroler
 
n
 
'caroller
 
n
 
'caroling
 
n
 
'carolling
 
n

Carol II (ˈkærəl)
 
n
1893--1953, king of Romania (1930--40), who was deposed by the Iron Guard

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Word Origin & History

carol
c.1300, from O.Fr. carole "kind of dance," from M.L. choraula "a dance to the flute," from L. choraules, from Gk. khoraules "flute player who accompanies the choral dance," from khoros "chorus" + aulein "to play the flute," from aulos "reed instrument." The meaning of "Christmas hymn" is c.1500.
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He immediately grabs a pad of paper and sketches carol, unknown to her.
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