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[kawr-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, kohr-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide the choreography for: to choreograph a musical comedy.
  2. to manage, maneuver, or direct: The author is a genius at choreographing a large cast of characters.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a choreographer.
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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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  1. (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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