Crossword clues for choir
- Preaching to the ___
- It often functions with the help of an organ
- "Hallelujah!" singers
- Church group
- Ones fully agreeing with you, metaphorically
- The area occupied by singers
- The part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
- A family of similar musical instrument playing together
- A chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony
- Hall-Johnson singers, e.g.
- Vocalizing group
- Cathedral section
- Hall-Johnson group
- Norman Luboff group
- Loft group
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Choir \Choir\, n. [OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. ch[oe]ur, fr. L. chorus a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr. ?, orig. dancing place; prob. akin to ? inclosure, L. hortus garden, and E. yard. See Chorus.]
A band or organized company of singers, especially in church service. [Formerly written also quire.]
That part of a church appropriated to the singers.
(Arch.) The chancel.
Choir organ (Mus.), one of the three or five distinct organs included in the full organ, each separable from the rest, but all controlled by one performer; a portion of the full organ, complete in itself, and more practicable for ordinary service and in the accompanying of the vocal choir.
Choir screen, Choir wall (Arch.), a screen or low wall separating the choir from the aisles.
Choir service, the service of singing performed by the choir.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, queor "part of the church where the choir sings," from Old French cuer, quer "choir of a church (architectural); chorus of singers" (13c., Modern French choeur), from Latin chorus "choir" (see chorus). Meaning "band of singers" is c.1400, quyre. Re-spelled mid-17c. on Latin model.
n. sing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together.
n. a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony
a family of similar musical instrument playing together [syn: consort]
the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
v. sing in a choir [syn: chorus]
A choir (also known as a chorale or chorus) is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform. Choirs may perform music from the classical music repertoire, which spans from the Medieval era to the present, and/or popular music repertoire. Most choirs are led by a conductor, who leads the performances with arm and face gestures.
A body of singers who perform together as a group is called a choir or chorus. The former term is very often applied to groups affiliated with a church (whether or not they actually occupy the choir) and the second to groups that perform in theatres or concert halls, but this distinction is far from rigid. Choirs may sing without instrumental accompaniment, with the accompaniment of a piano or pipe organ, with a small ensemble (e.g., harpsichord, cello and double bass for a Baroque era piece), or with a full orchestra of 70-100 musicians.
The term "Choir" has the secondary definition of a subset of an ensemble; thus one speaks of the "woodwind choir" of an orchestra, or different "choirs" of voices and/or instruments in a polychoral composition. In typical 18th- to 21st-century oratorios and masses, chorus or choir is usually understood to imply more than one singer per part, in contrast to the quartet of soloists also featured in these works.
The word choir or quire can refer to:
A choir, also sometimes called quire, is the area of a church or cathedral that provides seating for the clergy and church choir. It is in the western part of the chancel between the nave and the sanctuary which houses the altar and Church tabernacle. In larger medieval churches it contained choir-stalls, seating aligned with the side of the church, so at right-angles to the seating for the congregation in the nave (of which there would have been little if any in the Middle Ages). Smaller medieval churches may not have a choir in the architectural sense at all, and they are often lacking in churches built by all denominations after the Protestant Reformation, though the Gothic Revival revived them as a distinct feature.
As an architectural term "choir" remains distinct from the actual location of any singing choir – these may located in various places, and often sing from a choir-loft, often over the door at the liturgical western end. In modern churches, the choir may be located centrally behind the altar, or the pulpit.
The back-choir or retro-choir is a space behind the high altar in the choir of a church, in which there may be a small altar standing back to back with the other.
Usage examples of "choir".
New Agey, like heaven without the harps and angelic choirs and pink clouds and alabaster pillars, or whatever.
They therefore represent a bay of the choir, of which the clerestory and triforium are removed, and the aisle roof is raised to the height of the roof of the choir itself.
This inter-penetration of mouldings is found also on the aisle side of the main piers of the choir, and is more characteristic of later German Gothic than of English.
The entrance to the crypt is from the north aisle of the choir as it was in ancient days.
Before this fire, the only crypt whose existence was known of, was a small chamber under the platform of the high altar, no wider than the central aisle of the choir, and only equal to a bay and a half of that aisle in length.
At the east end of the south aisle of the choir stood the altar of All Saints, founded by Bowet.
There is also an early Perpendicular Jesse in the third window from the west in the south aisle of the choir.
The slow, solemn enunciation of each word by a choir of hoary anchorets rolled in majestic cadence through the precipices of the mountains, and died away in the distant ravines in echoes of heavenly harmony.
They had crossed the three steps which led to the choir, then they turned by the circumference of the apse, which was the very oldest part of the building, and seemed most sepulchral.
In all probability there was, according to the usual plan of Norman churches, a tower at the junction of the nave and transepts, and beyond this an apsidal choir.
A sacristy of Early English date stands to the east of the apsidal chapel, and occupies the space between the apse and the south choir wall.
This is a thirteenth-century addition to the church, and is of irregular shape, as it is wedged in, as it were, between the apsidal chapel on the east side of the transept and the south wall of the choir aisle.
It was practically safe to assume that the choir ended in an apse, though whether the aisles were also apsidal, or continued round a great apse as an ambulatory, was a debatable point.
It had been a day full of obligations and endless ministerial duties, including a meeting with Larry Garber regarding his drawings of the sacristy, revised based on their telephone exchange, and a general review of the floor plan for the nave, the baptistry, and the choir.
All things fell into order, stars and men, the silent growing things, the seas, the mountains and the plains, fell into order like a vast choir to obey the command of the canticle: Benedicite, omnia opera!