Definition of terpsichorean in English:


Syllabification: terp·si·cho·re·an
Pronunciation: /ˌtərpsikəˈrēən, -ˈkôrēən


formal or • humorous
  • Of or relating to dancing.
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    • Now when the French government sponsors a festival, it does so with a certain panache, and this offering of contemporary French dance provided a shop window on their terpsichorean culture with ten companies splashed over two weeks.
    • It was clear that Anita Ratnam was an object of devotion and an inspiration to her talented young dancers - to whom she gave generous space to display their admirable terpsichorean gifts.
    • The climax to these terpsichorean rites was, of course, the appearance of the King himself, also masked and sometimes specifically attired as the Sun in its Heaven.


formal or • humorous Back to top  
  • A dancer.
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    • Then again, dear reader, have you taken a close look at our native terpsichoreans?
    • Although ballet took on a new look with the abstract terpsichoreans of Balanchine, this 1984 piece for me was the onset of contemporary ballet.
    • Every Sunday, around 10 or 11 in the morning, a few dozen terpsichoreans gather in the park's concourse, slip some Basie into a boombox, take to the stage, and dance.


early 19th century: from Terpsichore (used in the 18th century to denote a female dancer or the art of dance) + -an.

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