terpsichorean

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Terpsichore, the Muse of dance in Greek mythology.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌtəːp.sɪ.kəɹˈiː.ən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌtɝp.sɪ.kəˈɹiː.ən/, /ˌtɝp.sɪˈkɔɹ.iː.ən/
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Adjective[edit]

terpsichorean (comparative more terpsichorean, superlative most terpsichorean)

  1. (dance) Of or relating to dancing.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
      This was such an entirely new view of the Terpsichorean art as socially practised, that Mrs Lammle looked at her young friend in some astonishment
    • 1970, Monty Python, The Cheese Shop
      Oh, heaven forbid: I am one who delights in all manifestations of the Terpsichorean muse!

Usage notes[edit]

This word is sometimes capitalized, because of its etymology from a proper noun.

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Noun[edit]

terpsichorean (plural terpsichoreans)

  1. A person who dances, especially professionally.

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