co·​ry·​phée ˌkȯr-i-ˈfā How to pronounce coryphée (audio)
: a ballet dancer who dances in a small group instead of in the corps de ballet or as a soloist

Word History


French, from Latin coryphaeus

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coryphée was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near coryphée

Cite this Entry

“Coryphée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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