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.

2.

A song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay.

The costly feast, the carol, and the dance. Dryden

It was the carol of a bird. Byron.

3.

A song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter carol.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy. Tennyson.

In the darkness sing your carol of high praise. Keble.

4.

Joyful music, as of a song.

I heard the bells on Christmans Day Their old, familiar carol play. Longfellow.

 

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Car"ol (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caroled (?), or Carolled; p. pr. & vb. n. Caroling, or Carolling.]

1.

To praise or celebrate in song.

The Shepherds at their festivals Carol her goodness. Milton.

2.

To sing, especially with joyful notes.

Hovering awans . . . carol sounds harmonious. Prior.

 

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Car"ol, v. i.

To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble.

And carol of love's high praise. Spenser.

The gray linnets carol from the hill. Beattie.

 

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Car"ol, 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.

A bay window may thus be called a carol. Parker.

 

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