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[turp-si-kuh-ree-uh n, turp-si-kawr-ee-uh n, -kohr-] /ˌtɜrp sɪ kəˈri ən, ˌtɜrp sɪˈkɔr i ən, -ˈkoʊr-/
pertaining to dancing.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Terpsichore.
a dancer.
Origin of terpsichorean Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for terpsichorean
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  • I have also received several invitations to terpsichorean revels.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • If this troupe of terpsichorean marauders was to be dislodged she must have assistance.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Who was she, this unknown genius, this master of the terpsichorean art, living in this far away Mexican town?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • Of all the towns of Europe Vienna is the terpsichorean town.

    My Austrian Love Maxime Provost
  • If you are a lover of the terpsichorean art, you will fold New Orleans, par excellence, the town to your taste.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Associated words: terpsichorean, Terpsichore, choregraphy, dervish.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • Laurie followed, for the second time in his life wishing that the terpsichorean art had been included in his education!

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He sat down amid applause, and musical and terpsichorean festivities commenced.

    Southerly Busters (AKA Ironbark) G. H. Gibson
  • He was even said to resemble a dancer achieving the terpsichorean feat known as the egg hornpipe.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • Being at Gandish's, and so near the dancing academy, what must he do but take lessons in the terpsichorean art too?

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for terpsichorean


/ˌtɜːpsɪkəˈrɪən; -ˈkɔːrɪən/
of or relating to dancing or the art of dancing
a dancer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for terpsichorean

"pertaining to dancing," 1869, literally "of Terpsichore," from Latinized form of Greek Terpsikhore, muse of dancing and dramatic chorus (see Terpsichore). Hence theatrical slang terp "stage dancer, chorus girl" (1937).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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