terpsichorean

[ turp-si-kuh-ree-uh n, turp-si-kawr-ee-uh n, -kohr- ]
/ ˌtɜrp sɪ kəˈri ən, ˌtɜrp sɪˈkɔr i ən, -ˈkoʊr- /
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adjective

pertaining to dancing.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Terpsichore.

noun

a dancer.

Nearby words

  1. terpenoid,
  2. terpin hydrate,
  3. terpineol,
  4. terpolymer,
  5. terpsichore,
  6. terr,
  7. terr.,
  8. terra,
  9. terra alba,
  10. terra cotta

Origin of terpsichorean


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British Dictionary definitions for terpsichorean

Terpsichorean

/ (ˌtɜːpsɪkəˈrɪən, -ˈkɔːrɪən) often facetious /

adjective Also: Terpsichoreal

of or relating to dancing or the art of dancing

noun

a dancer
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Word Origin and History for terpsichorean

terpsichorean

adj.

"pertaining to dancing," 1869, literally "of Terpsichore," from Latinized form of Greek Terpsikhore, muse of dancing and dramatic chorus (see Terpsichore). Hence theatrical slang terp "stage dancer, chorus girl" (1937).

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