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carol    : [k'ærəl] [k'ɛrəl]
Carol \Car"ol\, n. [OF. carole a kind of dance wherein many
dance together, fr. caroler to dance; perh. from Celtic; cf.
Armor. koroll, n., korolla, korolli, v., Ir. car music, turn,
circular motion, also L. choraula a flute player, charus a
dance, chorus, choir.]
1. A round dance. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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2. A song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay.
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The costly feast, the carol, and the dance. --Dryden
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It was the carol of a bird. --Byron.
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3. A song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter
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Heard a carol, mournful, holy. --Tennyson.
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In the darkness sing your carol of high praise.
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4. Joyful music, as of a song.
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I heard the bells on Christmans Day
Their old, familiar carol play. --Longfellow.
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Carol \Car"ol\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caroled}, or {Carolled}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Caroling}, or {Carolling}.]
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1. To praise or celebrate in song.
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The Shepherds at their festivals
Carol her goodness. --Milton.
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2. To sing, especially with joyful notes.
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Hovering swans . . . carol sounds harmonious.
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Carol \Car"ol\, v. i.
To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble.
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And carol of love's high praise. --Spenser.
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The gray linnets carol from the hill. --Beattie.
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Carol \Car"ol\, Carrol \Car"rol\, n. [OF. carole a sort of
circular space, or carol.] (Arch.)
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. The term {carrel}, of the same has largely
superseded its use.
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A bay window may thus be called a carol. --Parker.
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n 1: joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ [synonym:
{carol}, {Christmas carol}]
2: a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)
v 1: sing carols; "They went caroling on Christmas Day"

135 Moby Thesaurus words for "carol":
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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