coryphaeus

noun
cor·​y·​phae·​us | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈfē-əs How to pronounce coryphaeus (audio) , ˌkär- \
plural coryphaei\ ˌkȯr-​ə-​ˈfē-​ˌī How to pronounce coryphaei (audio) , ˌkär-​ \

Definition of coryphaeus

1 : the leader of a party or school of thought
2 : the leader of a chorus

First Known Use of coryphaeus

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coryphaeus

Latin, leader, from Greek koryphaios, from koryphē summit

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“Coryphaeus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coryphaeus. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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