cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio)
plural choreographies
: the art of symbolically representing dancing
: the composition and arrangement of dances especially for ballet
: a composition created by this art
: something resembling choreography
a snail-paced choreography of delicate high diplomacyWolfgang Saxon
choreographic adjective
choreographically adverb

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In ancient Greece, a choreia was a circular dance accompanied by a singing chorus. But the actual notating of dances by means of symbols didn't begin until the 17th or 18th century, when ballet developed into a complex art form in France. The choreographer of a major ballet, which might run to an hour or more, will always record his or her work in notation, though choreographing a five-minute segment for a TV talent show usually doesn't require any record at all.

Examples of choreography in a Sentence

He has an interest in choreography. a show with excellent choreography
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Word History


French chorégraphie, from Greek choreia + French -graphie -graphy

First Known Use

circa 1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of choreography was circa 1789

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“Choreography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy ˌkōr-ē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio)
: the art of arranging dances especially for ballet

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