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carol

[kar-uh l] /ˈkær əl/
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
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
Related forms
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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British Dictionary definitions for caroller

carol

/ˈkærəl/
noun
1.
a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
2.
(archaic) an old English circular dance
verb -ols, -olling, -olled (US) -ols, -oling, -oled
3.
(intransitive) to sing carols at Christmas
4.
to sing (something) in a joyful manner
Derived Forms
caroler, caroller, noun
caroling, carolling, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for caroller
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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