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[turp-sik-uh-ree] /tɜrpˈsɪk əˌri/
Classical Mythology. the Muse of dancing and choral song.
(lowercase) choreography; the art of dancing.
Origin of Terpsichore
< Latin Terpsichorē < Greek Terpsichórē, noun use of feminine of terpsíchoros dance-liking; see chorus Unabridged
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  • This son of Terpsichore asked me to dinner, and I was glad to accept his invitation.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He kept, as he was wont to phrase it gently himself, a temple of Terpsichore.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
  • We make out the frigate to be the Terpsichore, and the sloop, I know by her new royals, is the Ringdove.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Though he did not know it, Terpsichore had in her heart a feeling of hate which was relentless.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • Well, there was Terpsichore—her disciples are spoken of every day in the newspapers.

    The Patient Observer Simeon Strunsky
  • Did you ever hear of any one in New Leeds who was named Terpsichore?

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • And unheeding Lois's little sniff, he told the whole story of Terpsichore, and the brave part she had played.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • Associated words: Terpsichorean, Terpsichore, choregraphy, dervish.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • Edith, it was dear of you to offer to take my place, but I wouldn't give it up to Terpsichore herself or even Salome.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • I had unfortunately been from my youth no votary of Terpsichore, and what was I to do?

    Visit to Iceland Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for Terpsichore


the Muse of the dance and of choral song
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek, from terpsikhoros delighting in the dance, from terpein to delight + khoros dance; see chorus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Terpsichore

the muse of the dance, Greek Terpsikhore, literally "enjoyment of dance," from terpein "to delight" (from PIE root *terp- "to satisfy;" cf. Sanskrit trpyati "takes one's fill," Lithuanian tarpstu "to thrive, prosper") + khoros "dance, chorus" (see chorus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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