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choir [O.Fr.] 1 A group of singers; traditionally the chorus organized to sing in a church. Usually, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran choirs are composed of men and boys, but occasionally in these churches and customarily in other Protestant churches men and women form the choir. 2 That division of an organ usually used to accompany the singers, played from the lowest manual on the console. 3 A section of a chorus or orchestra, as the contrasted choirs of polychoral music, or brass choir, woodwind choir. 4 That part of a church reserved for the singers and the officiating clergy in a cathedral or abbey; the same area in a parish church is the chancel: see stall.

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choir an organized body of singers performing or leading in the musical parts of a church service; that part of a church appropriated to singers; especially the chancel of a cathedral, minster, or large church.

Choir may also denote a company of angels, especially any of the nine orders in medieval angelology.

The word is recorded from Middle English (in form quer, quere), from Old French quer, from Latin chorus. The spelling change in the 17th century, which means that now the older variant quire is found only in the reference in the Book of Common Prayer to ‘Quires and Places where they sing’, was due to association with Latin chorus and modern French choeur.

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choir / ˈkwīr/ • n. an organized group of singers, typically one that takes part in church services or performs regularly in public: a church choir. ∎  one of two or more subdivisions of such a group performing together. ∎  the part of a cathedral or large church between the altar and the nave, used by the choir and clergy. ∎  a group of instruments of one family playing together: a clarinet choir.

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choir Group of singers who perform as a musical unit. The earliest choirs were ecclesiastical and sang the plainsong in church services. From the 10th century onwards, polyphonic composition gradually replaced unharmonized plainsong in liturgical use. In the 16th and 17th centuries, pieces were written for two or more contrasting choirs. The birth of opera marked the development of the secular choir, or chorus. Most modern choirs, apart from some all-male cathedral choirs, are mixed.

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choir or chorus.
1. A mixed voice choir (or chorus) is one of both women and men.

2. A male voice choir is (usually) of men only, but may be of boys and men.

3. A double choir is one arr. in 2 equal and complete bodies, with a view not merely to singing in 8 parts but also to responsive effects.

4. Architecturally, the choir is that part of a cath. which, in a church other than a cath., is called the chancel.

5. Chorus tends to be used for secular bodies, but there are many exceptions.

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Choir

an organized company of persons or things; a company of singers; a band or company of dancers; an order or division of angels. See also carol, chorus.

Examples: choir of angels, 1667; of cherubim, 1667; of choristers; of cosmical science, 1855; of dancers; of echoes, 1592; of muses, of planets, 1692; of teeth, 1704; of tents, 1382.

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choir †cathedral or collegiate church clergy; body of singers in a church; part of a church appropriated to them XIII; (gen.) organized body of singers XVI. ME. quer(e) — OF. quer (mod. chœur) — L. chorus (see CHORUS). The sp. choir, with assim. to F. and L., was established XVII.

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choir or quire.
1. Part of a large church appropriated for the singers, with stalls, situated to the liturgical east of the nave, and partially screened.

2. In a cruciform church that part east of the crossing, including choir, presbytery, and sanctuary around the high-altar, wholly or partially screened.

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Choir. Singers assisting in worship. Known in Christianity from the 4th cent., they customarily sang the music which was too difficult for the congregation.

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