Classical Mythology. the Muse of dancing and choral song.
(lowercase) choreography; the art of dancing.

Origin of Terpsichore

< Latin Terpsichorē < Greek Terpsichórē, noun use of feminine of terpsíchoros dance-liking; see chorus
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Historical Examples of terpsichore

  • The Terpsichore had only the boatswain and three seamen wounded.

  • He kept, as he was wont to phrase it gently himself, a temple of Terpsichore.

    Blood Royal

    Grant Allen

  • Mammon, not Terpsichore, is the genius to whom worship is paid.

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • Well, there was Terpsichore—her disciples are spoken of every day in the newspapers.

    The Patient Observer

    Simeon Strunsky

  • Did you ever hear of any one in New Leeds who was named Terpsichore?

    Gordon Keith

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British Dictionary definitions for terpsichore



the Muse of the dance and of choral song

Word Origin for Terpsichore

C18: via Latin from Greek, from terpsikhoros delighting in the dance, from terpein to delight + khoros dance; see chorus
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Word Origin and History for terpsichore


the muse of the dance, Greek Terpsikhore, literally "enjoyment of dance," from terpein "to delight" (from PIE root *terp- "to satisfy;" cf. Sanskrit trpyati "takes one's fill," Lithuanian tarpstu "to thrive, prosper") + khoros "dance, chorus" (see chorus).

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