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Borrowed from French chorégraphie, from Ancient Greek χορεία (khoreía, dance) + γραφία (graphía, written form (of a word, etc.), spelling); surface analysis, choreo- +‎ -graphy.


  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔɹ.iˈɒɡ.ɹə.fi/
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choreography (countable and uncountable, plural choreographies)

  1. (uncountable) The art of creating, arranging and recording the dance movements of a work, such as a ballet.
    She has staged many successful ballets, so her choreography skills must be excellent.
    1. (by extension) The art of creating and arranging sequences of movement for performances of any kind, such as in fight choreography.
  2. (uncountable) The dance steps, sequences or styles peculiar to a work, group, performance or institution.
    The show's singing and acting was excellent, but the choreography was dull and poorly-done.
  3. The representation of these movements by a series of symbols.
    I've written down the choreography for y'all to take a look at.
  4. The notation used to construct this record.
    Take a look at this, it's the choreography for our next show.

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Not to be confused with chorography.

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