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choreography

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

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.

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Origin of choreography

1780–90; <Greek chore- (stem of choreíachorea) + -o- + -graphy
cho·re·o·graph·ic [kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-], /ˌkɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/, adjectivecho·re·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for choreography

choreography

choregraphy (kɒˈrɛɡrəfɪ)

/ (ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun

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

Cultural definitions for choreography

choreography

The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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