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)
- (historical) A round dance accompanied by singing.
- A song of joy.
- 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.
- A religious song or ballad of joy.
- They sang a Christmas carol.
- In the darkness sing your carol of high praise.
- I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old, familiar carol play.
- (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner.
- carol of love's high praise
- The gray linnets carol from the hill.
- (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
- (transitive) To praise or celebrate in song.
- The shepherds at their festivals / Carol her goodness.
- (transitive) To sing (a song) cheerfully.
- Hovering swans […] carol sounds harmonious.