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"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 (SPEAKING TOGETHER)

[C usually singular] many people speaking together or saying a similar thing at the same time: The newcomers added their voices to the chorus expressing delight at the result. There was a chorus of disapproval/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 musical part intended to be sung by a chorus or a choir.
  • chorus noun [C] (THEATER GROUP)

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