[ 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.

Origin of coryphée

1820–30; <French <Latin coryphaeuscoryphaeus

Words Nearby coryphée Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coryphée in a sentence

  • A jug held tightly in both hands, he chooses his steps as would a dainty Coryphee.

    Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
  • That girl might be anything—Queen of Spain, or coryphee in the opera ballet.

    A Little Journey in the World | Charles Dudley Warner
  • She is now, I am told, a coryphee in one of the public dancing halls.

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

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle | George P. Upton

British Dictionary definitions for coryphée


/ (ˌkɒrɪˈfeɪ) /

  1. a leading dancer of a corps de ballet

Origin of coryphée

C19: from French, from Latin coryphaeus coryphaeus

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