coryphaeus

[kawr-uh-fee-uh s, kor-]
noun, plural cor·y·phae·i [kawr-uh-fee-ahy, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈfi aɪ, ˌkɒr-/.
  1. the leader of the chorus in the ancient Greek drama.
  2. the leader of an operatic chorus or any group of singers.

Origin of coryphaeus

1625–35; < Latin < Greek koryphaîos leading, equivalent to koryph(ḗ) head, top + -aîos noun suffix
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Historical Examples of coryphaeus

  • Mrs. Smith threw in her sentiments between the acts, as Coryphaeus of the tragedy, to make the description complete.


British Dictionary definitions for coryphaeus

coryphaeus

noun plural -phaei (-ˈfiːaɪ)
  1. (in ancient Greek drama) the leader of the chorus
  2. archaic, or literary a leader of a group

Word Origin for coryphaeus

C17: from Latin, from Greek koruphaios leader, from koruphē summit
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