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chorus

[kawr-uhs, kohr-]
noun, plural choruses.
1.
Music.
a.
a group of persons singing in unison.
b.
(in an opera, oratorio, etc.) such a group singing choral parts in connection with soloists or individual singers.
c.
a piece of music for singing in unison.
d.
a part of a song that recurs at intervals, usually following each verse; refrain.
2.
simultaneous utterance in singing, speaking, shouting, etc.
3.
the sounds so uttered: a chorus of jeers.
4.
a.
a company of dancers and singers.
b.
the singing, dancing, or songs performed by such a company.
5.
a.
a lyric poem, believed to have been in dithyrambic form, that was sung and danced to, originally as a religious rite, by a company of persons.
b.
an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors in ancient Greek drama.
c.
the group of actors that performed the chorus and served as major participants in, commentators on, or as a supplement to the main action of the drama.
6.
Theater.
a.
a group of actors or a single actor having a function similar to that of the Greek chorus, as in Elizabethan drama.
b.
the part of a play performed by such a group or individual.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), chorused, chorusing.
7.
to sing or speak in chorus.
Idioms
8.
in chorus, in unison; with all speaking or singing simultaneously: They responded in chorus to the minister's questions.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin < Greek chorós a dance, band of dancers and singers

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chorus (ˈkɔːrəs)
 
n , pl -ruses
1.  a large choir of singers or a piece of music composed for such a choir
2.  a body of singers or dancers who perform together, in contrast to principals or soloists
3.  a section of a song in which a soloist is joined by a group of singers, esp in a recurring refrain
4.  an intermediate section of a pop song, blues, etc, as distinct from the verse
5.  jazz any of a series of variations on a theme
6.  in ancient Greece
 a.  a lyric poem sung by a group of dancers, originally as a religious rite
 b.  an ode or series of odes sung by a group of actors
7.  a.  (in classical Greek drama) the actors who sang the chorus and commented on the action of the play
 b.  actors playing a similar role in any drama
8.  a.  (esp in Elizabethan drama) the actor who spoke the prologue, etc
 b.  the part of the play spoken by this actor
9.  a group of people or animals producing words or sounds simultaneously
10.  any speech, song, or other utterance produced by a group of people or animals simultaneously: a chorus of sighs; the dawn chorus
11.  in chorus in unison
 
vb
12.  to speak, sing, or utter (words, etc) in unison
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek khoros]

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Word Origin & History

chorus
1561, from Gk. khoros "band of dancers or singers, dance, dancing ground," from PIE *ghoro-. In Attic tragedy, the khoros gave expression, between the acts, to the moral and religious sentiments evoked by the actions of the play. Originally used in theatrical sense; meaning of "a choir" first attested
1656. Meaning "the refrain of a song" (which the audience joins in singing) is 1599. Chorus girl is 1894.
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Idioms & Phrases

in chorus

All together, in unison, as in The voters answered the legislators in chorus. This expression transfers group singing to simultaneous utterance of any kind. [c. 1800]

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