cho·rale also cho·ral (kə-răl, -räl)
1. A Protestant hymn melody.
2. A harmonized arrangement of such a melody, especially one forming part of a larger choral or organ work.
3. A chorus or choir.
[German, short for Choralgesang, choral song, translation of Medieval Latin cantus chorālis; see CHORAL.]
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