coryphaeus

noun
cor·​y·​phae·​us | \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈfē-əs, ˌkär-\
plural coryphaei\ˌkȯr-​ə-​ˈfē-​ˌī, 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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