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From Medieval Latin chorus, Latin chorus, from Ancient Greek χορός (khorós); further etymology uncertain, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- or *ǵʰoros.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɔːɹəs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɔɹəs/
- Rhymes: -ɔːɹəs
- Hyphenation: chor‧us
- (Ancient Greece, historical) A group of singers and dancers in a theatrical performance or religious festival who commented on the main performance in speech or song.
- 1589–1592 (date written), Ch[ristopher] Marl[owe], The Tragicall History of D. Faustus. […], London: […] V[alentine] S[immes] for Thomas Bushell, published 1604, →OCLC; republished as Hermann Breymann, editor, Doctor Faustus (Englische Sprach- und Literaturdenkmale des 16., 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts; 5; Marlowes Werke: Historisch-kritische Ausgabe […]; II), Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg: Verlag von Gebr[üder] Henninger, 1889, →OCLC, scene XIV, lines 1519–1521, page 196:
- Enter Chorus. / [Chor.] Cut is the branch that might haue growne ful straight, / And burned is Apolloes’s Laurell bough, / That sometime grew within this learned man: […]
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: […] [Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Ya're as good as a Chorus my lord.
- (Ancient Greece, historical) A song performed by the singers of such a group.
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