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chorale

[kuh-ral, -rahl, kaw-, koh-; kawr-uh l, kohr-] /kəˈræl, -ˈrɑl, kɔ-, koʊ-; ˈkɔr əl, ˈkoʊr-/
noun
1.
a hymn, especially one with strong harmonization:
a Bach chorale.
2.
a group of singers specializing in singing church music; choir.
Origin of chorale
1835-1845
1835-45; < German Choral, short for Choralgesang, translation of Latin cantus chorālis choral singing; see choral
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British Dictionary definitions for chorale

chorale

/kɒˈrɑːl/
noun
1.
a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
2.
(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 chorale
n.

1828, "sacred choral song," from German Choral "metrical hymn in Reformed church," shortened from Choralgesang "choral song," translating Medieval Latin cantus choralis, from Latin cantus (see chant (v.)) + choralis (see choral). The -e was added to indicate stress. Meaning "group of singers" is 1942.

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