chorister

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Derived from choir +‎ -ster.

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chorister (plural choristers)

  1. A singer in a choir.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
    None of the new choristers can sing in tune but they will learn soon enough.
  2. A director or leader of a choral group.
    Jane was the chorister of her congregation's choir, and that occupied much of her time on the weekends.

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