from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A half chorus; a passage to be sung by a selected portion of the voices, rather than the full choir.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A half chorus; a passage to be sung by a selected portion of the voices, as the female voices only, in contrast with the full choir.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- n. Either a small number of singers selected for lighter effects from all the parts of a large chorus, or a chorus made up of fewer than the full number of parts, as a male chorus or a female chorus: opposed to full chorus. Also called small chorus.
- n. A movement intended to be performed by such a partial chorus.
semi- + chorus (Wiktionary)