See also: Terpsichorean

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.
    • 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.

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Noun edit

terpsichorean (plural terpsichoreans)

  1. A person who dances, especially professionally.

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