[ kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr- ]
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  1. the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers.

  2. the technique of representing the various movements in dancing by a system of notation.

  1. 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 choreíachorea) + -o- + -graphy

Other words from choreography

  • cho·re·o·graph·ic [kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-], /ˌkɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/, adjective
  • cho·re·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use choreography in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for choreography


choregraphy (kɒˈrɛɡrəfɪ)

/ (ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the composition of dance steps and sequences for ballet and stage dancing

  2. the steps and sequences of a ballet or dance

  1. the notation representing such steps

  2. the art of dancing

Origin of choreography

C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy

Derived forms of choreography

  • choreographer or choregrapher, noun
  • choreographic (ˌkɒrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or choregraphic (ˌkɒrəˈɡræfɪk), adjective
  • choreographically or choregraphically, adverb

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Cultural definitions for choreography


The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

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