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
- 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.
- To sing in company.
- 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
These various names were, in the Middle Ages, mostly superseded by the term choir, which in turn yielded to the modern term sanctuary.
Preaching to the choir is a legitimate enterprise.
The problem is, the choir is asleep and will not wake up.
As on Christmas, he was in choir dress, wearing the white Mozzetta of Eastertide, as well as a new white Easter stole, bearing his own coat of arms.
I don't usually blog the pieces that our own choir is doing, mainly because it seems excessively solipsistic, but I was so touched at how this piece by Henry Purcell went that I figure there is a point to drawing your attention to it.
Nico Muhly's score, layering electronic beats, live ensemble and choir, is a tempest in itself, with textures and colours battering against each other in a dissonant blast.
The conductor, head vocalist, and stage hand for this bookish choir is George Murray, who co-founded Bookninja with fellow author Peter Darbyshire back in 2003, when the phrase “book blog” still had to qualified with some form of descriptor for the web-challenged.
At the back of this altar (to be seen to right of the next picture), in a crypt-like room beneath the high choir, is the tomb of St. Otto:
Several members will be attending training programs this summer, and the choir is getting the Parish Book of Chant.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 01: 29 PM minor correction: choir is "le choeur" not "la choeur."