choragus

[ kuh-rey-guhs, koh-, kaw- ]
/ kəˈreɪ gəs, koʊ-, kɔ- /

noun, plural cho·ra·gi [kuh-rey-jahy, koh-, kaw-], /kəˈreɪ dʒaɪ, koʊ-, kɔ-/, cho·ra·gus·es.

(in ancient Greece)
  1. the leader of a dramatic chorus.
  2. a person who undertook the expense of providing for such a chorus.
any conductor of an entertainment or festival.

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Origin of choragus

1620–30; <Latin <Greek chorāgós, dialectal variant of chorēgós, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -ēgos, combining form of ágein to lead

OTHER WORDS FROM choragus

cho·rag·ic [kuh-raj-ik, -rey-jik], /kəˈrædʒ ɪk, -ˈreɪ dʒɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for choragus

choragus
/ (kɔːˈreɪɡəs) /

noun plural -gi (-dʒaɪ) or -guses

(in ancient Greek drama)
  1. the leader of a chorus
  2. a sponsor of a chorus
a conductor of a festival

Derived forms of choragus

choragic (kɔːˈrædʒɪk, -ˈreɪ-), adjective

Word Origin for choragus

C17: from Latin, from Greek khoragos, from khoros chorus + agein to lead
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