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[adj. kawr-uh l, kohr-; n. kuh-ral, kaw-, koh-, kawr-uh l, kohr-] /adj. ˈkɔr əl, ˈkoʊr-; n. kəˈræl, kɔ-, koʊ-, ˈkɔr əl, ˈkoʊr-/
of a chorus or a choir:
She heads our new choral society.
sung by, adapted for, or containing a chorus or a choir.
Origin of choral
1580-90; < Medieval Latin chorālis, equivalent to chor(us) chorus + -ālis -al1
Related forms
chorally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for choral
  • If there is to be a choral service the minister and the choir enter the church from the rear, and precede the funeral cortège.
  • If you can, try to come back for a choral performance.
  • Even crazier than the symphony, it's a motley array of vocal and choral pieces, strung together by an orotund narration.
  • Elaborate, almost life-sized puppets lampooned a choral round dance in the first scene.
  • Her involvement in choral programs was extensive, too.
  • He regularly produced symphonies, concertos, oratorios and an almost bewildering variety of choral works.
  • Teachers learn new instructional strategies in teaching choral music.
  • Instructs and supervises patients or students in choral or instrumental groups and related music activities.
  • The objectives are organized by grades and by choral and instrumental music experience.
  • choral speaking, or any group speaking together, can eliminate the fear of failure for the lone reader.
British Dictionary definitions for choral


adjective (ˈkɔːrəl)
relating to, sung by, or designed for a chorus or choir
noun (kɒˈrɑːl)
a variant spelling of chorale
Derived Forms
chorally, adverb


a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
(mainly US) a choir or chorus
Word Origin
C19: from German Choralgesang, translation of Latin cantus chorālis choral song
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Word Origin and History for choral

1580s, from Middle French choral or directly from Medieval Latin choralis "belonging to a chorus or choir," from Latin chorus (see chorus).

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