Chorus Cho"rus, n.; pl. {Choruses}. [L., a dance in a ring, a dance accompanied with song; a chorus, a band of dancers and singers. Gr. ?. See {Choir}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Antiq.) A band of singers and dancers. [1913 Webster]

The Grecian tragedy was at first nothing but a chorus of singers. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gr. Drama) A company of persons supposed to behold what passed in the acts of a tragedy, and to sing the sentiments which the events suggested in couplets or verses between the acts; also, that which was thus sung by the chorus. [1913 Webster]

What the lofty, grave tragedians taught In chorus or iambic. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. An interpreter in a dumb show or play. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) A company of singers singing in concert. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) A composition of two or more parts, each of which is intended to be sung by a number of voices. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) Parts of a song or hymn recurring at intervals, as at the end of stanzas; also, a company of singers who join with the singer or choir in singer or choir in singing such parts. [1913 Webster]

7. The simultaneous of a company in any noisy demonstration; as, a Chorus of shouts and catcalls. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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