Carol

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Etymology

From Old French carole, from Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (choravles, one who accompanies a chorus on the flute), from χορός (choros, dance, choir) + αυλός (avlos, flute).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkæɹəl/
  • Rhymes: -æɹəl

Noun

Carol (plural Carols)
  1. A round dance accompanied by singing.
  2. A song of joy.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      The sunshine struck hot on his fur, soft breezes caressed his heated brow, and after the seclusion of the cellarage he had lived in so long the carol of happy birds fell on his dulled hearing almost like a shout.
  3. A religious song or ballad of joy.
    They sang a Christmas carol.

Verb

Carol (third-person singular simple present carols, present participle carolling, US caroling, simple past and past participle carolled, US caroled)

  1. (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner.
  2. (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
  3. (transitive) To praise (someone or something) in or with a song.
  4. (transitive) To sing (a song) cheerfully.


Thesaurus

Brautlied, Christmas carol, Kunstlied, Liebeslied, Volkslied, alba, anthem, art song, aubade, ballad, ballade, ballata, barcarole, blues, blues song, boat song, bridal hymn, brindisi, cackle, call, calypso, canso, canticle, canzone, canzonet, canzonetta, caper, caracole, cavatina, caw, chanson, chant, chantey, chatter, cheep, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, choir, chorus, chuck, clack, clap hands, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, coo, croak, cronk, croon, croon song, crow, cuckoo, dance, delight, descant, dirge, ditty, do-re-mi, drinking song, drum, epithalamium, exult, folk song, frisk, frolic, gabble, gaggle, gambol, glory, gobble, guggle, honk, hoo, hoot, hum, hymeneal, hymn, intonate, intone, joy, jubilate, lay, lied, lilt, love song, love-lilt, matin, minstrel, minstrel song, minstrelsy, national anthem, peep, pip, pipe, prothalamium, psalm, quack, quaver, rejoice, revel, roll, rollick, romp, roulade, scold, serena, serenade, serenata, shake, sing, sing in chorus, skip, skip for joy, sol-fa, solmizate, song, squawk, theme song, torch song, tremolo, trill, troll, tweedle, tweedledee, tweet, twit, twitter, vocalize, war song, warble, wedding song, whistle, yodel

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