Choir screen
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 screen — noun 1. : a screen (as of ornamental woodwork or wrought iron) enclosing the choir (sense 6a) 2. : the part of a choir screen that closes the western end of the choir and separates it from the crossing or the nave …   Useful english dictionary

  • choir screen — /ˈkwaɪə skrin/ (say kwuyuh skreen) noun a screen separating the choir (def. 3b) from the nave of a church …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Choir organ — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Choir service — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Choir wall — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choir — choirlike, adj. /kwuyeur/, n. 1. a company of singers, esp. an organized group employed in church service. 2. any group of musicians or musical instruments; a musical company, or band, or a division of one: string choir. 3. Archit. a. the part of …   Universalium

  • Screen — (skr[=e]n), n. [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran, F. [ e]cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen, OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.] 1. Anything that separates or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screen door — Screen Screen (skr[=e]n), n. [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran, F. [ e]cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen, OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.] 1. Anything that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screen window — Screen Screen (skr[=e]n), n. [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran, F. [ e]cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen, OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.] 1. Anything that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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