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From Old French carole, from Old Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (khoraulḗs, one who accompanies a chorus on the flute), from χορός (khorós, dance, choir) + αὐλός (aulós, flute). Compare chorus, terpsichorean.



carol (plural carols)

  1. (historical) A round dance accompanied by singing.
  2. A song of joy.
    • Dryden
      the costly feast, the carol, and the dance
    • 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.
    • Keble
      In the darkness sing your carol of high praise.
    • Longfellow
      I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old, familiar carol play.



carol (third-person singular simple present carols, present participle (UK) carolling or (US) caroling, simple past and past participle (UK) carolled or (US) caroled)

  1. (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner.
    • Spenser
      carol of love's high praise
    • Beattie
      The gray linnets carol from the hill.
  2. (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
  3. (transitive) To praise or celebrate in song.
    • Milton
      The shepherds at their festivals / Carol her goodness.
  4. (transitive) To sing (a song) cheerfully.
    • Prior
      Hovering swans [] carol sounds harmonious.


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carol m (plural caroli) or carol m (plural carułi)

  1. woodworm
  2. dental caries

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