noun Etymology: Middle English querister, from Anglo-French cueristre, from Medieval Latin chorista, from Latin chorus Date: 14th century 1. a singer in a choir; specifically choirboy 2. the leader of a church choir

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  • Chorister — Chor is*ter, n. [See {Chorus}.] 1. One of a choir; a singer in a chorus. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. One who leads a choir in church music. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chorister — member of a choir, mid 14c., queristre; see CHOIR (Cf. choir) + STER (Cf. ster) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chorister — ► NOUN 1) a member of a choir, especially a choirboy or choirgirl. 2) US a person who leads the singing of a church choir or congregation. ORIGIN Old French cueriste, from quer (see CHOIR(Cf. ↑choir)) …   English terms dictionary

  • chorister — [kôr′is tər] n. [altered (infl. by CHORUS) < ME querister, prob. via Anglo Norm * cueristre < ML(Ec) querista < chorus, choir < L: see CHORUS] 1. a member of a choir, esp. a boy singer ☆ 2. one who leads the singing in church of a… …   English World dictionary

  • chorister — UK [ˈkɒrɪstə(r)] / US [ˈkɔrɪstər] noun [countable] Word forms chorister : singular chorister plural choristers someone who is a member of a choir (= a group of people singing together) …   English dictionary

  • chorister — noun a) A singer in a choir None of the new choristers can sing in tune but they will learn soon enough. b) A director or leader of a choral group. Jane was the chorister of her congregations choir, and that occupied much of her time on the… …   Wiktionary

  • chorister — Chorist нем. [кори/ст] Chorsänger [ко/р зэнгэр] chorister англ. [ко/ристэ] хорист …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • chorister — [[t]kɒ̱rɪstə(r), AM kɔ͟ː [/t]] choristers N COUNT A chorister is a singer in a church choir …   English dictionary

  • chorister — /ˈkɒrəstə / (say koruhstuh) noun 1. a singer in a choir. 2. a male singer in a church choir; a choirboy. {Medieval Latin chorista chorister + er1; replacing Middle English queristre, from Anglo French, from quer choir} …   Australian English dictionary

  • chorister — /kawr euh steuhr, kor /, n. 1. a singer in a choir. 2. a choirboy. 3. a choir leader. [1325 75; < ML chorist(a) singer in a choir + ER1; r. ME queristre < AF, equiv. to quer CHOIR + istre IST] * * * …   Universalium

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