chorus

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Music, Dance, Theatre
choruscho‧rus1 /ˈkɔːrəs/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 SONGAPMthe part of a song that is repeated after each verse Everyone joined in the chorus.2 SINGERSAPMa large group of people who sing together SYN choir I sing with the university chorus.3 MUSICAPMa piece of music written to be sung by a large group of people a recording of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’4 GROUP IN MUSICAL PLAYAPDAPTa group of singers, dancers, or actors who act together in a show but do not have the main parts New voices are needed to join the chorus for the annual festival in October.5 a chorus of thanks/disapproval/protest etc6 in chorus
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chorusHe admired them duly and was forced to join in with a chorus of auld lang syne downstairs.The first birds were waking; the dawn chorus began.That man seemed to know every chorus that had ever been written.Jimmy Carter and George Bush also have joined a growing chorus of eminent senior politicians in the quest for reform.the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel's MessiahLisa Fennell, in addition to her role in the chorus, was to understudy Désirée.Oslin got her start in the chorus of musicals like "Hello, Dolly!"and "West Side Story."The chorus produced by hundreds of males can be heard over a mile away.The chorus's singing was excellent, and so was the orchestral playing.a 100-voice chorusAnd the way your chorus backed you up-strong stuff!
choruschorus2 verb [transitive] SAY/STATEif people chorus something, they say it at the same time ‘Hurry up!’ chorused the girls.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
chorus"What happened?" they chorused.Throughout Britain, thousands of teenagers, offered a rude purgative to royal overkill, chorused a noisy amen.
Origin chorus1 (1500-1600) Latin circular dance, chorus, from Greek choros