a company of singers, especially an organized group employed in church service.
any group of musicians or musical instruments; a musical company, or band, or a division of one: string choir.
the part of a church occupied by the singers of the choir.
the part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
(in medieval angelology) one of the orders of angels.
professed to recite or chant the divine office: a choir monk.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to sing or sound in chorus.

1250–1300; Middle English quer < Old French cuer < Latin chorus chorus; replacing Old English chor choir < Latin

choirlike, adjective

choir, quire. Unabridged
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choir (kwaɪə)
1.  an organized group of singers, esp for singing in church services
2.  a.  Compare chancel the part of a cathedral, abbey, or church in front of the altar, lined on both sides with benches, and used by the choir and clergy
 b.  (as modifier): choir stalls
3.  a number of instruments of the same family playing together: a brass choir
4.  great Compare swell Also called: choir organ one of the manuals on an organ controlling a set of soft sweet-toned pipes
5.  any of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology
[C13 quer, from Old French cuer, from Latin chorus]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. quer "choir of a church," from L. chorus "choir" (see chorus), to Eng. as quyre, re-spelled 1643 on L. model.
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Example sentences
There may be a benediction, and a choir may dutifully sing.
Each participant was, in effect, preaching to his own choir.
In some ways, photography doesn't do a whole lot other than sing to the choir.
As a college student, my eyes would often well up with tears during my
  twice-a-week choir rehearsals.
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