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choreograph (dance)

Definition:

to compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Related to:

choreographer

Past tense:

choreographed

Present participle:

choreographing

3rd-person singular present:

choreographs

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Balanchine choreographed many pieces to Stravinsky's music

Etymology:

American English, back formation from "choreography", or else from French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of choreograph...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Choreography | choreographer

the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified. Choreography may also refer to the design itself. The word choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" and "γραφή". A... (37 of 385 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Choreography

Collins Dictionary:

choreograph [transitive] | choregraph

to compose the steps and dances for (a piece of music or ballet) (13 of 346 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/choreograph

Merriam-Webster:

choreograph | arrange [synonym, sense-specific] | blueprint [synonym, sense-specific] | budget [synonym, sense-specific] | calculate [synonym, sense-specific] | chart [synonym, sense-specific] | plan [synonym, sense-specific] | design [synonym, sense-specific] | frame [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to compose the choreography of | to arrange or direct the movements, progress, or details of | to engage in choreography (19 of 118 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/choreograph

Oxford Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographer [derived]

compose the sequence of steps and moves for (a ballet or other performance of dance) | plan and control (an event or operation) (22 of 67 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/choreograph

Macmillan British Dictionary:

choreograph [transitive] | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

to plan the movements for dancers to perform | to carefully plan or organize a complicated event or activity (18 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/choreograph

American Heritage Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present] | choreographer [noun, related]

To create the choreography of | To plan out or oversee the movement, development, or details of; orchestrate | To specialize in choreography. (21 of 44 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/choreograph

Random House Dictionary:

choreograph

to provide the choreography for. | to manage, maneuver, or direct. | to work as a choreographer. (15 of 42 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/choreograph

New World Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographer [noun, related]

to design or plan the movements of (a dance, especially a ballet) | to plan (an event or complex course of action) in careful detail (24 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/choreograph

Cambridge Dictionary:

choreography | choreograph [verb, derived] | choreographer [noun, derived]

the skill of combining movements into dances to be performed (10 of 38 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/choreography

Wiktionary:

choreograph | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

To design and record the choreography for a dramatic work such as a ballet | To direct the development of a project; to orchestrate (23 of 24 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/choreograph

Encarta Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

to plan out dance movements to a piece of music | to plan, coordinate, and supervise an event or activity (19 of 75 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597030​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

choreograph

First use: 1943

Origin: American English, back formation from "choreography", or else from French choréographier (1827).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=choreograph

Oxford Dictionary:

choreograph

First use: 1940s

Origin: back-formation from "choreography"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/choreograph

choreography

First use: late 18th century

Origin: (in the sense "written notation of dancing"): from Greek khoreia "dancing in unison" (from khoros "chorus") + "-graphy"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/choreography

New World Dictionary:

choreograph

Origin: back-formation from "choreography"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/choreograph

choreography

Origin: Greek choreia, dance + "-graphy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/choreography

Encarta Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-20th century

Origin: Back-formation from choreography

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597030​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

choreograph [transitive]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "choreograph"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/choreograph

Macmillan British Dictionary:

choreograph [transitive] | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "choreograph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/choreograph

Macmillan American Dictionary:

choreograph [transitive] | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "choreograph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/choreograph

Cambridge Dictionary:

choreography

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "choreograph"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "choreograph"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/choreography

the Free Dictionary:

choreograph

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "choreograph"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "choreograph"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "choreograph" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/choreograph

Google Dictionary:

choreograph | choreographed [past tense] | choreographing [present participle] | choreographs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "choreograph"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=choreograph

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

choreograph

Audio: North American pronunciation of "choreograph"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=choreo​01 word=choreograph

YourDictionary Audio:

choreograph

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "choreograph" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/choreograph

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