[kuh-ral, -rahl, kaw-, koh-; kawr-uh l, kohr-] /kəˈræl, -ˈrɑl, kɔ-, koʊ-; ˈkɔr əl, ˈkoʊr-/

a hymn, especially one with strong harmonization:
a Bach chorale.
a group of singers specializing in singing church music; choir.
a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
(mainly US) a choir or chorus

1828, “sacred choral song,” from German Choral “metrical hymn in Reformed church,” shortened from Choralgesang “choral song,” translating Medieval Latin cantus choralis, from Latin cantus (see chant (v.)) + choralis (see choral). The -e was added to indicate stress. Meaning “group of singers” is 1942.


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