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choir

[kwahyuh r] /kwaɪər/
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.
  1. the part of a church occupied by the singers of the choir.
  2. 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
1250-1300; Middle English quer < Old French cuer < Latin chorus chorus; replacing Old English chor choir < Latin
Related forms
choirlike, adjective
Can be confused
choir, quire.
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British Dictionary definitions for choirlike

choir

/kwaɪə/
noun
1.
an organized group of singers, esp for singing in church services
2.
  1. 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 Compare chancel
  2. (as modifier) choir stalls
3.
a number of instruments of the same family playing together a brass choir
4.
Also called choir organ. one of the manuals on an organ controlling a set of soft sweet-toned pipes Compare great (sense 21), swell (sense 16)
5.
any of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology
Archaic spelling quire
Derived Forms
choirlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13 quer, from Old French cuer, from Latin chorus
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Word Origin and History for choirlike
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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