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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Nuns sang unseen beyond the altar and people flocked to hear their hidden
  choirs.
The big names in economics, with all the baggage they carry, will carry on
  preaching to their respective choirs in the press.
And the banded choirs of music: all those that do and know.
Its gorgeous harmonic tensions make it an instantly recognizable, accessible
  staple of high-school and professional choirs alike.
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