from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organized company of singers, especially one performing church music or singing in a church.
  • n. The part of a church used by such a company of singers.
  • n. The part of the chancel in a cruciform church that is occupied by this company of singers.
  • n. A group of instruments of the same kind: a string choir.
  • n. A division of some pipe organs, containing pipes suitable for accompanying a choir.
  • n. An organized group: a choir of dancers.
  • n. One of the orders of angels.
  • intransitive v. To sing in chorus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together
  • n. The part of a church where the choir assembles for song
  • n. one of the nine ranks or orders of angels

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A band or organized company of singers, especially in church service.
  • n. That part of a church appropriated to the singers.
  • n. The chancel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sing in company.
  • n. Any company of singers.
  • n. An organized company of singers. Especially, such a company employed in church service.
  • n. A choral society, especially one that performs sacred music. In eight-part music a chorus is divided into first and second choirs. In the Anglican Church, an official body consisting of the minor canons, the choral vicars, and the choristers connected with a cathedral, whose function is to perform the daily choral service. Such a choir is divided into two sections, called decani and cantoris, sitting on the right and left sides respectively; of these the decani side forms the leading or principal section. See cantoris, decani.
  • n. That part of a church which is, or is considered as, appropriated for the use of the singers.
  • n. A company; a band, originally of persons dancing to music: loosely applied to an assembly for any ceremonial purpose.
  • n. Formerly and still occasionally quire.
  • n. All that part of a cruciform church which is beyond, eastward of or farther from the main entrance than the transept; the eastern arm of the cross: so named because the choir proper (see def. 3) is usually in that part of the church and occupies nearly all of it.
  • n. A group of instruments of the same class or of related organ-stops, as a trombone choir, a diapason choir, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a family of similar musical instrument playing together
  • n. a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony
  • n. the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
  • v. sing in a choir


Middle English quer, quire, from Old French cuer, from Medieval Latin chorus, from Latin, choral dance; see chorus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English quer, quere, from Old French quer, from Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός (choros, "company of dancers or singers"). Modern spelling influenced by chorus and Modern French chœur. (Wiktionary)



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  • As far as I know, this is the only word where oi is pronounced "wai". I'm not even sure if there are any words where oi is pronounced "ai".

    December 29, 2010