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coryphée

[kawr-uh-fey, kor-; French kaw-ree-fey]
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noun, plural cor·y·phées [kawr-uh-feyz, kor-; French kaw-ree-fey] /ˌkɔr əˈfeɪz, ˌkɒr-; French kɔ riˈfeɪ/.
  1. a member of a ballet company who dances usually as part of a small group and who ranks below the soloists.
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Origin of coryphée

1820–30; < French < Latin coryphaeus coryphaeus
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Historical Examples

  • She is now, I am told, a coryphee in one of the public dancing halls.

    The Galley Slave's Ring

    Eugne Sue

  • A coryphee is testing her pretty little toes in Sir Hubert's skiff.

  • That girl might be anything—Queen of Spain, or coryphee in the opera ballet.

    A Little Journey in the World

    Charles Dudley Warner


British Dictionary definitions for coryphee

coryphée

noun
  1. a leading dancer of a corps de ballet
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Latin coryphaeus coryphaeus
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