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[kawr-uh-ster, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə stər, ˈkɒr-/
a singer in a choir.
a choirboy.
a choir leader.
Origin of chorister
1325-75; < Medieval Latin chorist(a) singer in a choir + -er1; replacing Middle English queristre < Anglo-French, equivalent to quer choir + -istre -ist Unabridged
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  • Then came a procession of chorister boys down the church, each bearing a small bouquet of fern and white flowers.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • That sweet singer, the solitaire, is the chorister of the forest.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • He was a practising Christian, a church warden of his parish and a chorister with a thundering voice.

    Ramuntcho Pierre Loti
  • No smokes, no drinks, few if any eats—and not a chorister in sight.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • First, a chorister bearing a cross; then two others chanting, with the priest, the dirge for the dead.

    War Days in Brittany Elsie Deming Jarves
  • "If he's a chorister, I'd like to go where he keeps his choir," said Rob.

    Nelly's Silver Mine Helen Hunt Jackson
  • A selfish chorister is not a chorister, though possessed of the voice of a Melba or Mario.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • The superintendent should select the hymns, in conference with the chorister.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • An inscription records that it was given in 1858 by a citizen once a chorister; it is by Edmundson & Son.

  • He was an English sailor and in his boyhood had been a chorister in a great Cathedral.

    And Thus He Came Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for chorister


a singer in a choir, esp a choirboy
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin chorista
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Word Origin and History for chorister

"member of a choir," mid-14c., queristre, from Anglo-French cueriste, French choriste, from Church Latin chorista, from Latin chorus (see chorus) + -ster. Modern form is from late 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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