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cho·rus / ˈkôrəs/ • n. (pl. -rus·es ) 1. a large organized group of singers, esp. one that performs together with an orchestra or opera company. ∎  a group of singers or dancers performing together in a supporting role in a stage musical or opera. ∎  a piece of choral music, esp. one forming part of a larger work such as an opera or oratorio. ∎  a part of a song that is repeated after each verse, typically by more than one singer. ∎  a simple song for group singing, esp. in informal Christian worship. 2. (in ancient Greek tragedy) a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together. ∎  a simultaneous utterance of something by many people: a growing chorus of complaint. ∎  a single character who speaks the prologue and other linking parts of the play, esp. in Elizabethan drama. ∎  a section of text spoken by the chorus in drama. ∎  a device used with an amplified musical instrument to give the impression that more than one instrument is being played: [as adj.] a chorus pedal. • v. (-rused , -rus·ing ) [tr.] (of a group of people) say the same thing at the same time: they chorused a noisy amen.

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chorus In Greek tragedy, the choros danced and chanted commentary. Today, a chorus refers to a group of voices. Major works with chorus parts include cantatas, operas and oratorios. See also choir

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1. See choir or chorus.

2. Old name for bagpipe.

3. Old str. instr.—generally the crwth.

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chorus in ancient Greek tragedy, a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together; a single character who speaks the prologue and other linking parts of the play, especially in Elizabethan drama.

The word is recorded from the mid 16th century (denoting a character speaking the prologue and epilogue in a play and serving to comment on events), and comes via Latin from Greek khoros.

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a company of singers; a simultaneous outburst of speech. See also carol, choir.

Examples: chorus of bad language; of complaints; of conversation, 1845; of Greek actors; of laughter; of planets, 1660; of porpoises, 1698; of singers, 1656.

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chorus in Greek drama and dramatic pieces modelled thereon XVI; band of singers XVII; musical composition to be sung by this; refrain or burden XVIII. — L. — Gr. khorós dance, band of dancers, choir.

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