Choir
Choir Choir, n. [OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. ch[oe]ur, fr. L. chorus a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr. ?, orig. dancing place; prob. akin to ? inclosure, L. hortus garden, and E. yard. See {Chorus}.] 1. A band or organized company of singers, especially in church service. [Formerly written also {quire}.] [1913 Webster]

2. That part of a church appropriated to the singers. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) The chancel. [1913 Webster]

{Choir organ} (Mus.), one of the three or five distinct organs included in the full organ, each separable from the rest, but all controlled by one performer; a portion of the full organ, complete in itself, and more practicable for ordinary service and in the accompanying of the vocal choir.

{Choir screen}, {Choir wall} (Arch.), a screen or low wall separating the choir from the aisles.

{Choir service}, the service of singing performed by the choir. --T. Warton. [1913 Webster]


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  • choir — [ ʃwar ] v. intr. <conjug. : je chois, tu chois, il choit, ils choient (les autres personnes manquent au présent); je chus, nous chûmes. Chu, chue au p. p. Formes vieillies : je choirai ou cherrai, nous choirons ou cherrons> • cheoir 1080;… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • choir — (choir), je chois, tu chois, il choit ; chu, chue, il se conjugue avec l auxiliaire être : ils sont chus ; les autres temps et les autres personnes ne sont pas usités ; cependant Bossuet a dit : il chut, et on pourrait se servir de ce temps ; on… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • choir — [ kwaır ] noun count * 1. ) a group of singers who perform together, for example in a church or school: the church/cathedral/school choir choir practice in a choir: He sings in a church choir. 2. ) the part of a church where the choir sits …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Choir! — ちょいあ! Genre Comedy, Slice of life, Yuri …   Wikipedia

  • choir — CHOIR. v. n. Il ne se dit guère qu à l infinitif, et au participe Chu. Tomber, être porté de haut en bas par son propre poids, ou par impulsion. Prenez garde de choir. Se laisser choir. On lui donna un coup qui le fit choir. Chu, ue. participe.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • choir — c.1300, queor part of the church where the choir sings, from O.Fr. cuer, quer choir of a church (13c., Mod.Fr. choeur), from L. chorus choir (see CHORUS (Cf. chorus)). Meaning band of singers is c.1400, quyre. Re spelled mid 17c. on Latin model …   Etymology dictionary

  • choir — [kwīr] n. [< ME quere < OFr cuer < ML chorus, choir < L (see CHORUS); sp. altered under infl. of L] 1. a group of singers organized and trained to sing together, esp. in a church 2. the part of a church they occupy, as a chancel or… …   English World dictionary

  • choir — [kwaıə US kwaır] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: cuer, from Latin chorus; CHORUS1] 1.) a group of people who sing together for other people to listen to →↑choral ▪ He joined a church choir at the age of eight. 2.) [usually singular] the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Choir — • Church architecture term. Strictly speaking, the choir is that part of the church where the stalls of the clergy are • A body of singers entrusted with the musical parts of the Church service, and organized and instructed for that purpose… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • choir — ► NOUN 1) an organized group of singers, especially one that takes part in church services. 2) the part of a large church between the altar and the nave, used by the choir and clergy. ORIGIN Old French quer, from Latin chorus (see CHORUS(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

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