From Old French carole, from Old Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (choravles, “one who accompanies a chorus on the flute”), from χορός (choros, “dance, choir”) + αὐλός (avlos, “flute”). Compare chorus, terpsichorean.
carol (plural carols)
- (historical) A round dance accompanied by singing.
- A song of joy.
- A religious song or ballad of joy.
- They sang a Christmas carol.
- (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner.
- (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
- (transitive) To praise (someone or something) in or with a song.
- (transitive) To sing (a song) cheerfully.