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definition of the word carol

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From Old French carole, from Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (choravles) " one who accompanies a chorus on the flute", from χορός (choros) "dance, choir" + αυλός (avlos) "flute".

Singular
carol

Plural
carols

carol (plural carols)

  1. A round dance accompanied by singing.
  2. A song of joy.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      The sunshine struck hot on his fur, soft breezes caressed his heated brow, and after the seclusion of the cellarage he had lived in so long the carol of happy birds fell on his dulled hearing almost like a shout.
  3. A religious song or ballad of joy.
    They sang a Christmas carol.

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