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choragus

[kuh-rey-guh s, koh-, kaw-]
noun, plural cho·ra·gi [kuh-rey-jahy, koh-, kaw-] /kəˈreɪ dʒaɪ, koʊ-, kɔ-/, cho·ra·gus·es.
  1. (in ancient Greece)
    1. the leader of a dramatic chorus.
    2. a person who undertook the expense of providing for such a chorus.
  2. any conductor of an entertainment or festival.
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Also choregus.

Origin of choragus

1620–30; < Latin < Greek chorāgós, dialectal variant of chorēgós, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -ēgos, combining form of ágein to lead
Related formscho·rag·ic [kuh-raj-ik, -rey-jik] /kəˈrædʒ ɪk, -ˈreɪ dʒɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for choragus

Historical Examples

  • Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson

  • Then to the accompaniment of the choragus' explanation a mechanical snake appeared in the branches with an apple in its mouth.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for choragus

choragus

noun plural -gi (-dʒaɪ) or -guses
  1. (in ancient Greek drama)
    1. the leader of a chorus
    2. a sponsor of a chorus
  2. a conductor of a festival
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Derived Formschoragic (kɔːˈrædʒɪk, -ˈreɪ-), adjective

Word Origin

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