[ kawr-uh-fee-uh s, kor- ]
/ ˌkɔr əˈfi əs, ˌkɒr- /
noun, plural cor·y·phae·i [kawr-uh-fee-ahy, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈfi aɪ, ˌkɒr-/.
the leader of the chorus in the ancient Greek drama.
the leader of an operatic chorus or any group of singers.
Words nearby coryphaeus
Origin of coryphaeus
1625–35; < Latin < Greek koryphaîos leading, equivalent to koryph(ḗ) head, top + -aîos noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for coryphaeus
Mrs. Smith threw in her sentiments between the acts, as Coryphaeus of the tragedy, to make the description complete.A Pair of Blue Eyes|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for coryphaeus
/ (ˌkɒrɪˈfiːəs) /
noun plural -phaei (-ˈfiːaɪ)
(in ancient Greek drama) the leader of the chorus
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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