[ kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr- ]
/ ˌkɔr iˈɒg rə fi, ˌkoʊr- /


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 forms

cho·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

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British Dictionary definitions for choreography


choregraphy (kɒˈrɛɡrəfɪ)

/ (ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /


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 Forms

choreographer or choregrapher, nounchoreographic (ˌkɒrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or choregraphic (ˌkɒrəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivechoreographically or choregraphically, adverb

Word Origin for choreography

C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy
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Culture definitions for choreography


The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

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