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choragus

[kuh-rey-guh s, koh-, kaw-] /kəˈreɪ gəs, koʊ-, kɔ-/
noun, plural choragi
[kuh-rey-jahy, koh-, kaw-] /kəˈreɪ dʒaɪ, koʊ-, kɔ-/ (Show IPA),
choraguses.
1.
  1. the leader of a dramatic chorus.
  2. a person who undertook the expense of providing for such a chorus.
2.
any conductor of an entertainment or festival.
Also, choregus.
Origin of choragus
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin < Greek chorāgós, dialectal variant of chorēgós, equivalent to chor(ós) chorus + -ēgos, combining form of ágein to lead
Related forms
choragic
[kuh-raj-ik, -rey-jik] /kəˈrædʒ ɪk, -ˈreɪ dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • choragus on the right, who sees that the bishop is going to have the best of it, backs him serenely.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • He was the choragus, explaining to us what was to happen in the play.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • The addresses of the choragus are all written by the Geistlicher Rath Daisenberger.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Then to the accompaniment of the choragus' explanation a mechanical snake appeared in the branches with an apple in its mouth.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • I would rather gain one prize from the choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Perhaps you will accommodate me, my handsome young captain, choragus of this new school of the prophets?'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • Then he puts one choragus—or leader of chorus, supporting the main action—on each side.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • The "choragium" was the dress and furniture, or "properties" for the stage, supplied by the "choragus."

  • Rather gain one prize from the choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Thus, on one occasion, Themistocles was the choragus to a tragedy by Phrynichus.

British Dictionary definitions for choragus

choragus

/kɔːˈreɪɡəs/
noun (pl) -gi (-dʒaɪ), -guses
1.
(in ancient Greek drama)
  1. the leader of a chorus
  2. a sponsor of a chorus
2.
a conductor of a festival
Derived Forms
choragic (kɔːˈrædʒɪk; -ˈreɪ-) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek khoragos, from khoroschorus + agein to lead
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