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1 joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ [syn: Christmas carol]
2 a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ) v : sing carols; "They went caroling on Christmas Day" [also: carolling, carolled]

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From Old French carole, from Italian carola, from Medieval Latin choraula, from Ancient Greek χοραυλής (choravles) " one who accompanies a chorus on the flute", from χορός (choros) "dance, choir" + αυλός (avlos) "flute".



  1. A round dance accompanied by singing.
  2. A song of joy.
    • 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.


round dance accompanied by singing
song of joy
religious song or ballad of joy


  1. To sing in a joyful manner.
  2. To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group.
  3. To praise (someone or something) in or with a song.
  4. To sing (a song) cheerfully.


(intr.) sing in a joyful manner
(intr.) sing carols, especially Christmas carols

Extensive Definition

Carol may refer to:
In fictional characters:
Carol may also refer to:

See also

carol in Breton: Carol
carol in German: Carol
carol in French: Carol
carol in Korean: 캐럴
carol in Dutch: Carol
carol in Japanese: キャロル (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brautlied, Christmas carol, Kunstlied, Liebeslied, Volkslied, alba, anthem, art song, aubade, ballad, ballade, ballata, barcarole, blues, blues song, boat song, bridal hymn, brindisi, cackle, call, calypso, canso, canticle, canzone, canzonet, canzonetta, caper, caracole, cavatina, caw, chanson, chant, chantey, chatter, cheep, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, choir, chorus, chuck, clack, clap hands, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, coo, croak, cronk, croon, croon song, crow, cuckoo, dance, delight, descant, dirge, ditty, do-re-mi, drinking song, drum, epithalamium, exult, folk song, frisk, frolic, gabble, gaggle, gambol, glory, gobble, guggle, honk, hoo, hoot, hum, hymeneal, hymn, intonate, intone, joy, jubilate, lay, lied, lilt, love song, love-lilt, matin, minstrel, minstrel song, minstrelsy, national anthem, peep, pip, pipe, prothalamium, psalm, quack, quaver, rejoice, revel, roll, rollick, romp, roulade, scold, serena, serenade, serenata, shake, sing, sing in chorus, skip, skip for joy, sol-fa, solmizate, song, squawk, theme song, torch song, tremolo, trill, troll, tweedle, tweedledee, tweet, twit, twitter, vocalize, war song, warble, wedding song, whistle, yodel
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