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Carrel vs carol

Carrel and carol are two words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the difference in meaning between carrel and carol, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A carrel is a small study area, usually a desk, nook or small room. Study carrels are often found in libraries or university buildings. The word carrel is derived from the Medieval Latin word carula, which means a small place to study in a cloister.

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A carol is a folk song or a religious hymn, most often one associated with Christmas. Carol may also be used as a verb to mean singing a folk song or a religious hymn, or to say or sing something in a joyful way. Related words are carols, carolled, carolling and caroller in British English, and carols, caroled, caroling and caroler in American English. The word carol is derived from the Old French word carole which means a dance in a ring, presumably derived in turn from the Medieval Latin word choraula which means a dance to the tune of a flute. Carol may also be used as a person’s name.

Examples

If you’ve ever noticed a throng of students walking aimlessly around Butler, chances are they’re looking for an empty study carrel. (The Daily Columbia Spectator)

It’s clear from the start that Mark Clements’ new Milwaukee Repertory Theater adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” – which opened Friday night in the Pabst Theater – will be nothing like the solemn, carol-stuffed predecessor by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Carols, and caroling, have been around in England since at least the Middle Ages, when people would go “a-wassailing” — singing Christmas songs in the streets in exchange for wassail, an alcoholic drink. (The New York Times)

 

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