Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: carol 'circular dance with singing' (13-17 centuries), from Old French carole, probably from Late Latin choraula 'song for a group of singers', from Greek, from choros ( CHORUS1) + aulein 'to play a REED2 instrument'

carol

1 noun
     
Related topics: Music, Christianity
car‧ol1 also Christmas carol [countable]
RRCAPM a traditional Christmas song

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary