or dram·a·turg

[ dram-uh-turj, drah-muh- ]
/ ˈdræm əˌtɜrdʒ, ˈdrɑ mə- /


a specialist in dramaturgy, especially one who acts as a consultant to a theater company, advising them on possible repertory.

Nearby words

  1. dramatics,
  2. dramatis personae,
  3. dramatist,
  4. dramatization,
  5. dramatize,
  6. dramaturgy,
  7. drambuie,
  8. dramedy,
  9. drammen,
  10. drammock

Origin of dramaturge

1855–60; perhaps back formation from dramaturgy, but compare French dramaturge, German Dramaturg

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British Dictionary definitions for dramaturg


/ (ˈdræməˌtɜːdʒ) /


Also called: dramaturgist a dramatist, esp one associated with a particular company or theatre
Also called: dramaturg a literary adviser on the staff of a theatre, film corporation, etc, whose responsibilities may include selection and editing of texts, liaison with authors, preparation of printed programmes, and public relations work

Word Origin for dramaturge

C19: probably from French, from Greek dramatourgos playwright, from drama + ergon work

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Word Origin and History for dramaturg



"dramatist," 1870, from French dramaturge, from Greek dramatourgos "a dramatist," from drama (genitive dramatos) + ergos "worker" (see urge (v.)).

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