[ kawr-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈkoʊr- /
verb (used with object)
to provide the choreography for: to choreograph a musical comedy.
to manage, maneuver, or direct: The author is a genius at choreographing a large cast of characters.
verb (used without object)
to work as a choreographer.
Origin of choreograph
First recorded in 1875–80; back formation from choreography
Related formsre·cho·re·o·graph, verb (used with object)un·cho·re·o·graphed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for choreograph
/ (ˈkɒrɪəˌɡræf) /
(tr) to compose the steps and dances for (a piece of music or ballet)
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Word Origin and History for choreograph
1943, American English, back-formation from choreography, or else from French choréographier (1827). Figurative sense from c.1965. Related: choreographed.
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