chorister

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chorister a singer in a choir
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chorister One of a choir; a singer in a chorus.
    • Chorister One who leads a choir in church music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chorister A singer in a choir or chorus; specifically, a male member of a church choir.
    • n chorister In some churches, a choir-leader or precentor; one who leads the singing of the choir or the congregation.—
    • n chorister A singer in general: as, the feathered choristers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Chorister a member of a choir
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Chorus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. choros, dance.

Usage

In literature:

O happy tribe of choristers!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
By the time he could reach the church the choristers would have assembled: would the organist be there?
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Not that Tim is by any means an ideal chorister.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Paradise would be quite endurable if he and Violet might stand side by side in the serried ranks of choristers.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
It has an organ, and is supplied with a host of young choristers from the academy.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
His hair was cut square on his forehead like a village chorister's; he looked reliable, but very ill at ease.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Twenty-seven years later a chorister boy told how he often saw her praying there for France.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Had the boy gained the chorister's place, he would have a cathedral servant all his days.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
It may be that the angels heard it richer and louder, as the choristers grew more few and weak.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
In many cases the pastor is the local superintendent of the school, and the teacher is the clerk and chorister of the church.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
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In poetry:

To see the priests and choristers
It was a goodly sight,
Each holding, as it were a staff,
A taper burning bright.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
To the ship's bow he ascended,
By his choristers attended,
Round him were the tapers lighted,
And the sacred incense rose.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
`I shall hear the chorister voices soar,
And the organ rise and roll;
And I, who had only sense before,
Shall awaken and find my soul.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
A hideous roar at the church door
Like a long thunder peal,
And the priests they pray'd and the choristers sung
Louder in fearful zeal.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
The cock he crew, away they flew
The fiends from the herald of day,
And undisturb'd the choristers sing
And the fifty priests they pray.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
In the years that are to come
I shall be a servant in the house of men;
I shall breathe unutterable music on the spindle and the loom;
I shall sing, exultant, with the choristers of dreams fulfilled,
And light shall be bound like sandals on my feet.
"The Song Of The Dynamo" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove

In news:

The son of a schoolmaster, he showed an extraordinary childhood aptitude for music, studying the piano, violin, organ, singing and harmony and, while a chorister in the imperial court chapel, composition with Salieri (1808-13).
A harmonic spirit From chicken dances to acts of kindness, Paly's choristers mix a lively blend of music and community.
Gardiner 's interpretation calls for trim forces compared to other conductors' much weightier numbers of choristers and instrumentalists.
Hallelujah, it's the Messiah: Choristers love to sing Handel's oratorio.
Hallelujah, it's the Messiah : Choristers love to sing Handel's oratorio.
The first lines sung by the courtiers (the Met choristers, sounding excellent, as usual) when they enter are to wish that the king be enlightened by beautiful dreams (though the conspirators among them mutter asides).
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