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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Choir  \Choir\,  n.  [OE.  quer,  OF  cuer,  F.  ch[oe]ur,  fr  L. 
  chorus  a  choral  dance,  chorus,  choir,  fr  Gr  ?,  orig. 
  dancing  place  prob.  akin  to  ?  inclosure,  L.  hortus  garden, 
  and  E.  yard.  See  {Chorus}.] 
  1.  A  band  or  organized  company  of  singers,  especially  in 
  church  service.  [Formerly  written  also  {quire}.] 
 
  2.  That  part  of  a  church  appropriated  to  the  singers. 
 
  3.  (Arch.)  The  chancel. 
 
  {Choir  organ}  (Mus.),  one  of  the  three  or  five  distinct 
  organs  included  in  the  full  organ,  each  separable  from  the 
  rest,  but  all  controlled  by  one  performer;  a  portion  of 
  the  full  organ,  complete  in  itself  and  more  practicable 
  for  ordinary  service  and  in  the  accompanying  of  the  vocal 
  choir. 
 
  {Choir  screen},  {Choir  wall}  (Arch.),  a  screen  or  low  wall 
  separating  the  choir  from  the  aisles. 
 
  {Choir  service},  the  service  of  singing  performed  by  the 
  choir.  --T.  Warton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  choir 
  n  1:  a  chorus  that  sings  as  part  of  a  religious  ceremony 
  2:  a  family  of  similar  musical  instrument  playing  together 
  [syn:  {consort}] 
  3:  the  area  occupied  by  singers;  the  part  of  the  chancel 
  between  sanctuary  and  nave 
  v  :  sing  in  a  choir  [syn:  {chorus}] 




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