Definition of chorister in English:



  • 1A member of a choir, especially a child or young person singing the treble part in a church choir.

    • ‘The Choir will be accepting new members, and all interested choristers are encouraged to apply.’
    • ‘Having been an amateur chorister for many years, I've had the opportunity to experience many of Rutter's arrangements and original works first-hand.’
    • ‘Joining three other budding stars in September, she will train with the pioneering cathedral choir, which formed in 1991 as the first liturgical ensemble for girl choristers.’
    • ‘A mass choir of 60 choristers from Giggleswick School, which Mr Whiteley attended from the age of 13, also performed.’
    • ‘Similarly, there are fewer than forty choristers in La Chapelle de Québec, and their young, penetrating sound takes Mozart's Requiem off its pedestal and gives it dramatic immediacy.’
    • ‘The 150-strong choir is made up of choristers from parish choirs from throughout the diocese.’
    • ‘Ronan Dunne began his musical training as a boy chorister with the Palestrina Choir at the Pro Cathedral, Dublin.’
    • ‘The procession will be accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and 800 choristers with military, brass and steel bands.’
    • ‘I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to it as a chorister in Coventry Cathedral, some long time ago, and it has remained emblazoned on my musical memory ever since.’
    • ‘The ‘Cathedral Choir’ where Samuel Sebastian had been brought up was at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, where he had been a chorister from the age of seven.’
    • ‘Using boy choristers from the present together with previous choir members such as James Bowman and James Gilchrist gives a completeness to this recording.’
    • ‘The son of an Irish bandmaster, Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854 and had a sacred song published by Novello in 1855.’
    • ‘He probably knew Charles from the days he was organising Royalist troops from Exeter Cathedral, where young Matthew was a chorister.’
    • ‘Bach would have known the members of his audience quite as well as he knew his choristers and instrumental players.’
    • ‘As an introduction to Handel's work for the newcomer, this is a highly welcome release: the King's Consort under Robert King sing strongly throughout, with much fine musical colouring from soloists and choristers.’
    • ‘At age 8, he joined a boy choir and became the head chorister within three years.’
    • ‘Even the police could be seen tapping their feet along to Gareth's unmistakable voice, which developed from his years as a chorister in Bradford Cathedral choir.’
    • ‘The first programme in the series sees Kaddy going behind the scenes at Canterbury Cathedral to find out what it takes to become a chorister in their world-famous choir.’
    • ‘Born on 7 October 1770 in Trostberg, he started his musical career as a boy chorister at the Benedict monastery of Seeon where he had occasion to see Mozart play the church organ.’
    • ‘His father was a vicar-choral at St Davids, but by 1596 the young Thomas was master of the choristers at Worcester Cathedral.’
    choir, ensemble, choral group, choristers, vocalists
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  • 2US A person who leads the singing of a church choir or congregation.

    • ‘It is not strange that with such a chorister in charge, all solicitude about anthems and voluntaries vanished from the preacher's mind.’
    • ‘Mr. Chas. E. Peck, presided at the organ, and Mr. D. B. Gulick, as chorister, led the singing, which was congregational, and rarely has more inspiriting or better sacred music been heard in the Tabernacle.’
    • ‘After we were ‘comfortably’ seated on the rough wooden benches, a chorister led us in a hymn.’


Late Middle English queristre, from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French cueriste, from quer (see choir). The change in the first syllable in the 16th century was due to association with obsolete chorist member of a choir or chorus but the older form quirister long survived.