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

  • n. A boy member of a choir.
  • n. Informal A morally upright young man: "They're . . . choirboys—clean, scrubbed nothings—so there's no dramatic or psychological preparation for the explosion of killing” ( Pauline Kael).

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  • n. a boy chorister

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a boy who sings in a choir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a boy-choir; a boy who sings in a choir.

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

  • n. a boy who sings in a choir


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