Definition of Carol

1. Noun. Joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ.

Exact synonyms: Christmas Carol
Generic synonyms: Religious Song

2. Verb. Sing carols. "Sam and Sue Carol"; "They went caroling on Christmas Day"
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Sing
Derivative terms: Caroler, Caroller

3. Noun. A joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ).
Generic synonyms: Song, Strain

Definition of Carol

1. n. A round dance.

2. v. t. To praise or celebrate in song.

3. v. i. To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble.

4. n. A small closet or inclosure built against a window on the inner side, to sit in for study. The word was used as late as the 16th century.

Definition of Carol

1. Proper noun. (Germanic female given name), popular in the middle of the 20th century. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Germanic male given name). ¹

3. Noun. A round dance accompanied by singing. ¹

4. Noun. A song of joy. ¹

5. Noun. A religious song or ballad of joy. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To sing in a joyful manner. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To sing carols, especially Christmas carols in a group. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To praise (someone or something) in or with a song. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To sing (a song) cheerfully. ¹

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Definition of Carol

1. to sing joyously [v -OLED, -OLING, -OLS or -OLLED, -OLLING, -OLS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carol

carob bar
carob bean
carob bean tree
carob flour
carob gum
carob powder
carob tree
carol singer
carol singers
caroli disease

Literary usage of Carol

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1. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (1920)
"The frivolous teacher had come to accept Carol as of her own youth, ... Carol could not go. The next day, the storm crashed. chapter Carol was on the back ..."

2. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child, George Lyman Kittredge (1886)
"The Cherry-Tree,' THE proper story of this highly popular carol is derived from the ... This latter portion is sometimes printed as an independent carol, ..."

3. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1885)
"With the Restoration the rebound occurred, and carol-singing was resumed along with so many other old English customs, and held its away until towards the ..."

4. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Thomas Humphry Ward (1918)
"We are the poor children, our lips are frosty blue, We cannot sing our carol as well as rich folk do; Our bellies are so empty we have no singing voice, ..."

5. The fireside encyclopaedia of poetry: Comprising the best poems of the most by Henry Troth Coates, Rea (1881)
"Carol, carol. Wreath your Christmas garland Where to Christ ... Carol, carol, Christians ! Like the Magi, now Ye must lade your caskets With a grateful vow ..."

6. Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1895)
"THE CHRISTMAS Carol. " Now too is heard The hapless cripple, tuning through the streets His Carol new ; and oft amid the gloom Of midnight hours, ..."

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