[kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr-]


the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers.
the technique of representing the various movements in dancing by a system of notation.
the arrangement or manipulation of actions leading up to an event: the choreography of a surprise birthday party.

Origin of choreography

1780–90; < Greek chore- (stem of choreía chorea) + -o- + -graphy
Related formscho·re·o·graph·ic [kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-] /ˌkɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/, adjectivecho·re·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for choreography

dance, choreography

Examples from the Web for choreography

Contemporary Examples of choreography

Historical Examples of choreography

  • My mind is a complete blank with regard to its choreography.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

  • Did I reject them as absurdly unconvincing because I did not understand the language of choreography?

  • Yugoslavia looks upon the developing East-West choreography with a profound lack of interest.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Fokine created the choreography of L'Oiseau de Feu section by section, as the music was handed to him.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

  • Besides creating the decorative setting and the beautiful costumes, he inspired the choreography even to the slightest movements.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

British Dictionary definitions for choreography


choregraphy (kɒˈrɛɡrəfɪ)


the composition of dance steps and sequences for ballet and stage dancing
the steps and sequences of a ballet or dance
the notation representing such steps
the art of dancing
Derived Formschoreographer or choregrapher, nounchoreographic (ˌkɒrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or choregraphic (ˌkɒrəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivechoreographically or choregraphically, adverb

Word Origin for choreography

C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for choreography

1789, from French chorégraphie, coined from Latinized form of Greek khoreia "dance" (see chorus) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Choreographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

choreography in Culture


The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

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