Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to a chorus or choir.
  • adj. Performed or written for performance by a chorus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, written for, or performed by a choir or a chorus
  • n. variant spelling of chorale

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a choir or chorus; singing, sung, or adapted to be sung, in chorus or harmony.
  • n. A stately hymn tune; a simple sacred tune, sung in unison by the congregation, used mostly in Protestant (especially Lutheran) churches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a chorus or a choir; performed in rhythmic concert, as music or dancing.
  • In music, specifically, pertaining to or designed for concerted vocal, as distinguished from instrumental, performance: as, Mendelssohn's choral works.
  • n. A simple musical composition in harmony, suited for performance by a chorus. Often written chorale.—
  • n. A tune written or arranged for a sacred hymn or psalm; specifically, such a tune written in the style of the hymn-tunes of the early Protestant churches, both Lutheran and Reformed, having a plain melody, a strong harmony, and a stately rhythm.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, any part of the service which is sung by the whole choir (cantus choralis), generally consisting of a part of the ancient church music (cantus firmus), sung in unison, or more frequently sung by the tenor, while a greater freedom is allowed in the parts.

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

  • n. a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune
  • adj. related to or written for or performed by a chorus or choir

Etymologies

Medieval Latin chorālis, from chorus, choral dance, from Latin; see chorus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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