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Meaning of “chorus” in the English Dictionary

"chorus" in British English

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chorusnoun

uk   /ˈkɔː.rəs/  us   /ˈkɔːr.əs/
  • chorus noun (SONG OR SONG PART)

[C] part of a ​song that is ​repeated several ​times, usually after each ​verse (= set of ​lines) : I'll ​sing the verses and I'd like you all to join in the chorus. They ​burst into a chorus of (= they ​sang the ​song) Happy Birthday. [C] a ​piece of ​music written to be ​sung by a choir (= ​group of ​singers): The ​choir will be ​performing the Hallelujah Chorus at the ​concert.
  • chorus noun (SINGING GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people who are ​trained to ​sing together: He ​sings with the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus.
  • chorus noun (THEATRE GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​performers who, as a ​team, ​sing or ​dance in a show: She ​quicklyleft the chorus for a ​starringrole. a chorus girl [S, + sing/pl verb] specialized literature a ​group of ​actors in ​ancientGreekplays who ​explained or gave ​opinions on what was ​happening in the ​play using ​music, ​poetry, and ​dance
  • chorus noun (SPEAKING TOGETHER)

[C usually singular] many ​peoplespeaking together or saying a ​similar thing at the same ​time: The ​newcomersaddedtheirvoices to the chorus ​expressingdelight at the ​result. There was a chorus ofdisapproval/​complaint/​condemnation at his words (= everyone ​complained together).

chorusverb [T + speech]

uk   /ˈkɔː.rəs/  us   /ˈkɔːr.əs/ literary
(of a ​group of ​people) to say ​similar things at the same ​time: "Not now," the ​children chorused in ​unison, "we're ​watching TV."
(Definition of chorus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chorus" in American English

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chorusnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɔr·əs, ˈkoʊr-/
  • chorus noun [C] (SONG PART)

a ​part of a ​song that is ​repeated, usually after each ​verse (= the set of ​lines that are new in each ​part of the ​song): I’ll ​sing the verses but I’d like all of you to ​join in the chorus.
  • chorus noun [C] (SINGING GROUP)

a ​group of ​people who are ​trained to ​sing together: He ​sings in a men’s chorus. A chorus is also a ​musicalpartintended to be ​sung by a chorus or a ​choir.
  • chorus noun [C] (THEATER GROUP)

a ​group of performers who, as a ​team, have a ​supportingpositionsinging or ​dancing in a show: She was a ​member of the chorus before she took over the ​leadrole.
(Definition of chorus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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