[kuh-rey-guh s, koh-, kaw-]
- (in ancient Greece)
- the leader of a dramatic chorus.
- a person who undertook the expense of providing for such a chorus.
- any conductor of an entertainment or festival.
Origin of choragus
1620–30; < Latin < Greek chorāgós, dialectal variant of chorēgós, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -ēgos, combining form of ágein to lead
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Examples from the Web for choragus
Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
It consists of eighteen singers, with a leader styled the Choragus.Glimpses of Three Coasts
Helen Hunt Jackson
He was the choragus, explaining to us what was to happen in the play.
Then to the accompaniment of the choragus' explanation a mechanical snake appeared in the branches with an apple in its mouth.
- (in ancient Greek drama)
- the leader of a chorus
- a sponsor of a chorus
- a conductor of a festival
C17: from Latin, from Greek khoragos, from khoros chorus + agein to lead
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