cho·​reo·​graph | \ ˈkȯr-ē-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce choreograph (audio) \
choreographed; choreographing; choreographs

Definition of choreograph

transitive verb

1 : to compose the choreography of choreograph a ballet
2 : to arrange or direct the movements, progress, or details of a carefully choreographed meeting

intransitive verb

: to engage in choreography

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choreographer \ ˌkȯr-​ē-​ˈä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce choreograph (audio) \ noun

Examples of choreograph in a Sentence

She was hired to choreograph the ballet routines. the advance team completely choreographed the candidate's campaign appearances
Recent Examples on the Web Wedow again conducts, and Kyle Lang will direct and choreograph the action. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Opera’s 2021-22 season will feature productions canceled by COVID-19, starting with ‘Barber of Seville’," 16 Mar. 2021 Farley began working with the Colburn School last year after Ringer invited him to choreograph virtually for students. Makeda Easter Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "New York City Ballet alum Silas Farley, 26, is named dean of Colburn dance institute," 24 Feb. 2021 That would be the start of a delicate diplomatic dance that would choreograph Iran scaling back some of its nuclear activities alongside sanctions relief. Washington Post, "What comes after ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran," 23 Feb. 2021 Coincidentally, this was the period when Balanchine was engaged to choreograph new ballets and opera productions for the Metropolitan Opera. Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times, "Barbara Weisberger, a Force in American Ballet, Dies at 94," 13 Jan. 2021 Gnatowski and Christopher Fleming, a former member of New York City Ballet who worked under George Balanchine, choreograph the company’s dances. Susan Dunne,, "New Hartford dance company aims to ‘push the boundaries of ballet' and make it healthy and accessible for all," 21 Oct. 2020 To choreograph the vaccine’s arrival, hospitals have put employees on notice about the deliveries. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’," 14 Dec. 2020 So in the coming weeks in L.A. County, hospitals will try to choreograph their staffing to best meet the needs of critically ill patients, some of whom still might have to be sent to other areas of the hospital that don’t typically treat ICU cases. Los Angeles Times, "Hospitals face tough choices as ICUs fill up with COVID-19 patients," 8 Dec. 2020 Help the kids choreograph their own version of The Nutcracker ballet to perform for you. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a pandemic year, here are 50 ways to celebrate holidays with your kids," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of choreograph

1943, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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28 Mar 2021

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“Choreograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of choreograph

: to decide how a dancer or group of dancers will move during a performance

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