cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio) \
plural choreographies

Definition of choreography

1 : the art of symbolically representing dancing
2a : the composition and arrangement of dances especially for ballet
b : a composition created by this art
3 : something resembling choreography a snail-paced choreography of delicate high diplomacy— Wolfgang Saxon

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Other Words from choreography

choreographic \ ˌkȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce choreographic (audio) \ adjective
choreographically \ ˌkȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce choreographically (audio) \ 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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Supporting characters have new narrative arcs, and more scenes feature lavish musical flourishes with choreography and dancers. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Readies Its Second Season," 1 Dec. 2018 Photo: Rebecca Greenfield for The Wall Street Journal BollyX was founded in Cambridge, Mass., in 2013, melding moves from popular fitness workouts, like high-intensity interval training and kickboxing, with the choreography of Bollywood dance. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "His Gym Class Turns Into a Bollywood Musical," 9 Feb. 2019 After all, what’s not to love about some sizzling chemistry coupled with elegant choreography and of course bedazzled costumes? Cady Lang, Time, "8 Olympic Ice Skating Pairs Who Are Couples in Real Life," 8 Feb. 2018 Their dance videos feature intricate chair choreography, sometimes performed in front of a stadium full of adoring fans, other times in front of the camera in a cinematic music video. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Rollettes Dance Team Features Disabled Dancers in Wheelchairs," 27 Sep. 2018 The septet may perform the same catchy songs, learn the same complex choreography, and live in the same dorm, but unlike Wonho, Minhyuk, Jooheon, I.M, Hyungwon, and Kihyun, Shownu has never dyed his hair a bright color — until now. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Shownu of Monsta X Reveals New Red Hair Color, the K-Pop Star’s First Bright Dye Job Ever," 12 Sep. 2018 Fitting with the song's vibe, the simple, hand-focused choreography featured in the music video shows the members of TWICE performing energetic sweeping-and-slapping gestures in time with the beat. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "TWICE Get Ready to 'Dance the Night Away' in Tropical New Video: Watch," 9 July 2018 For the past three decades, Cirque du Soleil has created unique circus experiences, with eye-popping choreography, clowns, costumes, acrobatics, music, and special effects. Terry Byrne,, "In Cirque’s ‘Luzia,’ rainfall bathes a Mexican dreamscape," 27 June 2018 Lever’s instrument comes roaring out in the most thrilling way: DeBose also can dance her way through Sergio Trujillo’s very entertaining choreography, too; and LaChanze, well, who among us would not like to be immortalized by LaChanze? Chris Jones,, "'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' is where the disco ball spins the real truth," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of choreography

circa 1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choreography

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

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English Language Learners Definition of choreography

: the art or job of deciding how dancers will move in a performance also : the movements that are done by dancers in a performance


cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio) \

Kids Definition of choreography

1 : the art of arranging the movements of dancers for a performance and especially a ballet
2 : the arrangement of a dance The choreography for the video won an award.

Other Words from choreography

choreographer \ -​fər \ noun

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