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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a Christmas carol (=a Christian song sung at Christmas)
▪ Children go from door to door singing Christmas carols.
Christmas carol
▪ Made up the words and music to a Christmas carol?
▪ Already there are plans to put on nativity plays and join local children at a carol service.
▪ Local schools, for example, might be involved in more than an annual carol service.
▪ Meanwhile, the choir's busy preparing for the carol service as if nothing had happened.
▪ We all went to the carol service in Bath Abbey, where I had difficulty restraining my tears.
▪ A choir of families, wrapped in woolly hats, overcoats and scarves, were singing carols by a crib.
▪ As the candles burned down, we sang Christmas carols, and then Papa passed out the presents.
▪ As if she felt her sister's gaze, Susan swung round on the piano-stool and asked her to sing come carols.
▪ Henrietta forced to sing carols seven weeks early in choral rehearsals.
▪ Last Christmas we all went to sing carols and we had a party there.
▪ We concluded by singing the carol O Come all ye Faithful and I gave them a blessing.
▪ Each day we would assemble in a room under the supervision of a young Lieutenant and sing carols.
▪ On Christmas Eve a candle-lit procession, led by Matron, came to sing carols.
▪ A choir of families, wrapped in woolly hats, overcoats and scarves, were singing carols by a crib.
▪ As the candles burned down, we sang Christmas carols, and then Papa passed out the presents.
▪ It was all hymns and carols.
▪ The Carol Album is a carol record with a difference.
▪ The presents are unwrapped, the holiday turkey is hash, and the carols have all been sung.
▪ Two beggar children, arms and legs as thin as sticks, stood beside a brazier singing a carol.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Carol \Car"ol\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caroled, or Carolled; p. pr. & vb. n. Caroling, or Carolling.]

  1. To praise or celebrate in song.

    The Shepherds at their festivals Carol her goodness.

  2. To sing, especially with joyful notes.

    Hovering swans . . . carol sounds harmonious.


Carol \Car"ol\, v. i. To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble.

And carol of love's high praise.

The gray linnets carol from the hill.


Carol \Car"ol\, n. [OF. carole a kind of dance wherein many dance together, fr. caroler to dance; perh. from Celtic; cf. Armor. koroll, n., korolla, korolli, v., Ir. car music, turn, circular motion, also L. choraula a flute player, charus a dance, chorus, choir.]

  1. A round dance. [Obs.]

  2. A song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay.

    The costly feast, the carol, and the dance.

    It was the carol of a bird.

  3. A song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter carol.

    Heard a carol, mournful, holy.

    In the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

  4. Joyful music, as of a song.

    I heard the bells on Christmans Day Their old, familiar carol play.


Carol \Car"ol\, Carrol \Car"rol\, n. [OF. carole a sort of circular space, or carol.] (Arch.) A small closet or inclosure built against a window on the inner side, to sit in for study. The word was used as late as the 16th century. The term carrel, of the same has largely superseded its use.

A bay window may thus be called a carol.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Carolus (see Charles). As a fem. proper name, an abbreviation of Caroline. The masc. name never has been popular in U.S.; the fem. form was common after c.1900 and was a top-10 name for U.S. girls born 1936-1950.


c.1300, "joyful song," also "dance in a ring," from Old French carole "kind of dance in a ring, round dance accompanied by singers," perhaps from Medieval Latin choraula "a dance to the flute," from Latin choraules "flute-player," from Greek khoraules "flute player who accompanies the choral dance," from khoros "chorus" (see chorus) + aulein "to play the flute," from aulos "reed instrument" (see alveolus). The meaning "Christmas hymn of joy" is attested from c.1500.


c.1300, "to dance in a ring," from Old French caroler, from carole (see carol (n.)). As "to sing" from late 14c. Related: Caroled; caroling.


n. 1 (context historical English) A round dance accompanied by singing. 2 A song of joy. 3 A religious song or ballad of joy. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To sing in a joyful manner. 2 (context intransitive English) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group. 3 (context transitive English) To praise or celebrate in song. 4 (context transitive English) To sing (a song) cheerfully.

  1. n. joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ [syn: Christmas carol]

  2. a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)

  3. [also: carolling, carolled]

  1. v. sing carols; "They went caroling on Christmas Day"

  2. [also: carolling, carolled]

Carol (music)

A carol is in modern parlance a festive song, generally religious but not necessarily connected with church worship, and often with a dance-like or popular character.

Today the carol is represented almost exclusively by the Christmas carol, the Advent carol, and to a much lesser extent by the Easter carol; however, despite their present association with religion, this has not always been the case.


Carol may refer to:

Carol (anime)

is an anime OVA featuring character designs by Yun Kōga.

Carol (Tomorrow People)
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Carol (Chuck Berry song)

"Carol" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry, first released Chess Records in 1958, with "Hey Pedro" on the B-side.

"Carol" was also the B-side of the single " Johnny B. Goode" released by Epic Records, and was issued on his first compilation album, Chuck Berry Is on Top.

Carol (Carol Banawa album)

Carol is a 1997 album released by Carol Banawa. In 2000, a re-packaged version was released under Star Records, a recording company owned by ABS-CBN, with three additional tracks.

Carol contains mainly easy listening music. The album reflects so much of her character--a typical teenager slowly learning the many ways of the world.

Carol (Chara album)

is the 13th studio album by Chara, which was released on December 9, 2009. Carol was released in two versions: a limited edition CD+DVD version as well as a regular CD Only version. The DVD will feature documentary footage of Chara recording the album, along with interviews.

The album was preceded by two singles: " Breaking Hearts" and " Kataomoi." "Kataomoi" was used as the ending theme song for the anime Kimi ni Todoke. An album track, "I Miss You," was used in commercials for cosmetics company Orbis' Aqua Force Extra Lotion facial cleanser, which starred Chara herself.

Carol (film)

Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The screenplay written by Phyllis Nagy is based on the groundbreaking romance novel The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy and Kyle Chandler. Set in New York City during the early 1950s, Carol tells the story of a forbidden love affair between a young aspiring photographer and an older woman going through a difficult divorce.

Carol had been in development since 1997, when Phyllis Nagy wrote the first draft of the screenplay. British company Film4 Productions and its former chief executive Tessa Ross financed the development of the film. The film hit a series of roadblocks throughout its long gestation period, including issues with financing, rights, scheduling conflicts, and accessibility. Number 9 Films got involved in 2011, when co-founder Elizabeth Karlsen secured the rights to the novel. The film is co-produced by New York-based Killer Films, which joined the project when co-founder and Todd Haynes collaborator Christine Vachon approached Haynes to direct in 2013. Principal photography began in March 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and lasted 34 days. Cinematographer Edward Lachman shot Carol on Super 16 mm film.

Carol was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Mara tied for the Best Actress award. The film received critical acclaim and many accolades, including six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and nine BAFTA Award nominations as well as awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics. Carol was named one of the best films of 2015 by numerous critics and publications, appearing in over 130 Top Ten lists. The film opened in limited release in the United States on November 20, 2015, and went into wide release on January 15, 2016. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2015.

Carol (given name)

Carol (also spelled "Coral") is a feminine given name in English. It is also a European continental spelling of the English Charles, the Germanic Carl, and ultimately the Latin Carolus. Those so named include:

Carol (soundtrack)

Carol: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2015 film of the same name. The soundtrack compact disc includes the original score, composed, produced, orchestrated and conducted by Carter Burwell, and additional music performed by The Clovers, Billie Holiday, Georgia Gibbs, Les Paul and Mary Ford, and Jo Stafford. It was released in both digital download and physical formats by Varèse Sarabande on November 20, 2015. A double album vinyl of the soundtrack was released on June 24, 2016.

Usage examples of "carol".

As if that is not cool enough, Mom and Dad completely hate him because of his not working up to his potential and getting suspended for his antiauthoritarianism and calling them Carol and Richard to their faces instead of Mr.

Carol Ashton and Sybil Quade at the wedding of Patricia James and Marcus Bourke at Balmoral Beach and afterwards at the Bathers Pavilion Restaurant at the same location.

At the same time, EPA Chief Carol Browner says the feds want Big Sugar to fork over a bigger share.

All I can hear are carols, the jingling of a thousand little bells, the Christmassy snapping of icicles, the clicking hooves of a band of flying reindeers, up in the sky, hidden by low cloud.

A quartet of singers in Dickensian dress harmonized carols outside the ballroom door.

I cast a glance or two at the giant pictures of zoftig girls with silicone boobs, Carol Doda and The Persian Lamb who chained herself to the Golden Gate Bridge rather than leave her husband -- all coming at me from the fronts of tourist traps, Topless Joints with fat Filipino barkers dragging in the customers out for a score or at least a hard-on.

Carol said, looking at the huge eggbeater that had seemed so mysterious the first time she saw it.

Carol Gerber up the street had a whole set of dolls her father, who was in the Navy, had sent from overseas.

Carol Gerber cried, startling him, and rushed out from behind a tree where she had been lying in wait.

Carol Gerber raced out from behind the tree to put a birthday smackeroo on his cheek.

Carol Betti, Jody Clark, Bart Di Grazia, Tom Kafka, Alan Kay, Ann Knight, Gil Lament, Michele D.

She went to that cupboard to see if she could find any spare hymnbooks for the carol service and found the obscene books and photographs heaped on the floor.

He carefully lined the makeshift iglu with whatever insulation they had, set Carol gently inside, and pulled the hatch over the opening as shelter from the wind.

The osteogenesis imperfecta suggested to him that Carol had cheated on him.

Ahead of them was Lipa, with her eyes turned toward the sky, she was singing in a high voice, carolling away as though exulting in the fact that at last the day was over and one might rest.