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[kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr-] /ˌkɔr iˈɒg rə fi, ˌkoʊr-/
the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers.
the technique of representing the various movements in dancing by a system of notation.
the arrangement or manipulation of actions leading up to an event:
the choreography of a surprise birthday party.
Origin of choreography
1780-90; < Greek chore- (stem of choreía chorea) + -o- + -graphy
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[kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-] /ˌkɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
choreographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for choreography
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  • It is hardly surprising in these circumstances that the choreography of Le Baiser de la Fe left me cold.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • My mind is a complete blank with regard to its choreography.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • Did I reject them as absurdly unconvincing because I did not understand the language of choreography?

    The Russian Ballet Ellen Terry
  • Fokine created the choreography of L'Oiseau de Feu section by section, as the music was handed to him.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • Yugoslavia looks upon the developing East-West choreography with a profound lack of interest.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for choreography


the composition of dance steps and sequences for ballet and stage dancing
the steps and sequences of a ballet or dance
the notation representing such steps
the art of dancing
Derived Forms
choreographer, choregrapher, noun
choreographic (ˌkɒrɪəˈɡræfɪk), choregraphic (ˌkɒrəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
choreographically, choregraphically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy
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Word Origin and History for choreography

1789, from French chorégraphie, coined from Latinized form of Greek khoreia "dance" (see chorus) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Choreographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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choreography in Culture

choreography definition

The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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