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[kawr-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, kohr-] /ˈkɔr i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈkoʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to provide the choreography for:
to choreograph a musical comedy.
to manage, maneuver, or direct:
The author is a genius at choreographing a large cast of characters.
verb (used without object)
to work as a choreographer.
Origin of choreograph
1875-80; back formation from choreography
Related forms
rechoreograph, verb (used with object)
unchoreographed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for choreograph
  • Tiny structures in the feathers choreograph incoming light, reflecting sapphire in one direction, emerald in another.
  • People can design and choreograph their own routines.
  • He was now an internationally respected choreographer, but he had little opportunity to choreograph.
  • It is all in an effort to choreograph a predictable level of control.
  • He needed roles that would extend his gifts, and above all, he needed to choreograph.
  • Students learn elements of creative dance and then choreograph those elements into a performance that relates to their curriculum.
  • Have students perform and choreograph their creations.
  • There's footbag freestyle, where players choreograph routines to music.
  • When speech by a public employee is involved, courts typically choreograph a three-step chaconne.
  • Children will choreograph their own dances, which will allow the students an opportunity to develop creativity.
British Dictionary definitions for choreograph


(transitive) to compose the steps and dances for (a piece of music or ballet)
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Word Origin and History for choreograph

1943, American English, back-formation from choreography, or else from French choréographier (1827). Figurative sense from c.1965. Related: choreographed.

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