carol [kar-uh l]
1. a song, especially of joy.
2. a Christmas song or hymn.
3. a seat in a bay window or oriel.
4. a compartment in a cloister, similar to a carrel.
5. a kind of circular dance.
verb (used without object), caroled, caroling or (especially British) carolled, carolling.
6. to sing Christmas songs or hymns, especially in a group performing in a public place or going from house to house.
7. to sing, especially in a lively, joyous manner; warble.
verb (used with object), caroled, caroling or (especially British) carolled, carolling.
8. to sing joyously.
9. to praise or celebrate in song.
Origin: 1250-1300; Middle English carole ring, circle (of stones), enclosed place for study (see carrel ), ringdance with song (hence, song) < Anglo-French carole, Old French *corole (compare Old Provençal corola), apparently < Latin corolla garland (see corolla ), conflated with Latin choraula < Greek choraúlēs piper for choral dance, equivalent to chor (ós) chorus + -aulēs, derivative of aulós pipe
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