Caroling



a song, especially of joy.
a Christmas song or hymn.
a seat in a bay window or oriel.
a compartment in a cloister, similar to a carrel.
a kind of circular dance.
to sing Christmas songs or hymns, especially in a group performing in a public place or going from house to house.
to sing, especially in a lively, joyous manner; warble.
to sing joyously.
to praise or celebrate in song.
Contemporary Examples

Presumably with caroling, though presumably not with “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
Keep Christmas Commercialized! P. J. O’Rourke December 5, 2014

Historical Examples

Birds were caroling all sorts of joyous tunes and the tree twigs were gaily dancing.
A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas

But it is a cold night for caroling, and I hope you have been taken care of within.
Mirk Abbey, Volume 1(of 3) James Payn

Feelings and aspirations move like flocks of caroling songsters.
A Man’s Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis

Somewhere in the woods behind them a robin was caroling with liquid harmony.
Darkness and Dawn George Allan England

Then these songs, so wild, so caroling, so purely joyous—could Sappho sing more burningly of happiness and love?
Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore

“Say what you please,” he cried, all but caroling in his joy.
The Tigress Anne Warner

Bright-hued birds flashed through the foliage and thrilled the ear with their caroling.
Found in the Philippines Charles King

It was like the sunshine and the caroling of birds and the smell of new-cut grass.
The Deemster Hall Caine

A sorrowful quiet brooded over the garden that no longer echoed a caroling voice.
Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man Marie Conway Oemler

noun
a joyful hymn or religious song, esp one (a Christmas carol) celebrating the birth of Christ
(archaic) an old English circular dance
verb -ols, -olling, -olled (US) -ols, -oling, -oled
(intransitive) to sing carols at Christmas
to sing (something) in a joyful manner
n.

c.1300, verbal noun from carol (v.).

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Carolus (see Charles). As a fem. proper name, an abbreviation of Caroline. The masc. name never has been popular in U.S.; the fem. form was common after c.1900 and was a top-10 name for U.S. girls born 1936-1950.
n.

c.1300, “joyful song,” also “dance in a ring,” from Old French carole “kind of dance in a ring, round dance accompanied by singers,” perhaps from Medieval Latin choraula “a dance to the flute,” from Latin choraules “flute-player,” from Greek khoraules “flute player who accompanies the choral dance,” from khoros “chorus” (see chorus) + aulein “to play the flute,” from aulos “reed instrument” (see alveolus). The meaning “Christmas hymn of joy” is attested from c.1500.
v.

c.1300, “to dance in a ring,” from Old French caroler, from carole (see carol (n.)). As “to sing” from late 14c. Related: Caroled; caroling.

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