choirest

choir

[kwahyuhr]
noun
1.
a company of singers, especially an organized group employed in church service.
2.
any group of musicians or musical instruments; a musical company, or band, or a division of one: string choir.
3.
Architecture.
a.
the part of a church occupied by the singers of the choir.
b.
the part of a cruciform church east of the crossing.
4.
(in medieval angelology) one of the orders of angels.
adjective
5.
professed to recite or chant the divine office: a choir monk.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
6.
to sing or sound in chorus.

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

choirlike, adjective

choir, quire.
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choir (kwaɪə)
 
n
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]
 
'choirlike
 
adj

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choir
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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