See also: Terpsichorean
Alternative forms edit
From Terpsichore (“the Muse of dance in Greek mythology”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌtəːp.sɪ.kəɹˈiː.ən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌtɝp.sɪ.kəˈɹiː.ən/, /ˌtɝp.sɪˈkɔɹ.iː.ən/
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- (dance) Of or relating to dancing.
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 47, in The History of Pendennis. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
- The pair danced away with great agility and contentment,—first a waltz, then a galop, then a waltz again, until, in the second waltz, they were bumped by another couple who had joined the Terpsichorean choir.
- 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
- 1939, T. S. Eliot, “The Song of the Jellicles”, in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats:
- They're quiet enough in the morning hours,
They're quiet enough in the afternoon,
Reserving their terpsichorean powers
To dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon.
- 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.
terpsichorean (plural terpsichoreans)
- A person who dances, especially professionally.