coryphée

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French coryphée, from Latin coryphaeus, from Ancient Greek κορυφαῖος (koruphaîos, leader), from κορυφή (koruphḗ, head).

Noun[edit]

coryphée (plural coryphées)

  1. A ballet dancer ranking above a member of the corps de ballet and below a soloist.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 305:
      The sick throw away their crutches and dance like coryphées, the enfeebled strain to lift logs and boulders […].

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin coryphaeus, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek κορυφαῖος (koruphaîos, leader), from κορυφή (koruphḗ, head).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

coryphée m (plural coryphées)

  1. (Ancient Greece) leader of the ancient Greek chorus, coryphaeus

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