Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The Muse of dancing and choral singing.
  • n. The art of dancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Muse who presided over the choral song and the dance, especially the latter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In classical mythology, one of the Muses, the especial companion of Melpomene, and the patroness of the choral dance and of the dramatic chorus developed from it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song
  • n. taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Etymologies

Latin Terpsichorē, from Greek Terpsikhorē, from feminine of terpsikhoros, dance-loving : terpein, to delight + khoros, dance; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Τερψιχόρη, from τέρψις (terpsis, "enjoyment, delight") + χορός (khoros, "chorus"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The massive collection of French court dances that Michael Praetorius collected and arranged for his volume entitled Terpsichore in 1612 was just one in the extraordinary series of publications he issued within only 15 years ...

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  • Titled "Terpsichore" turp-SIK-uh-ree, the work will include a visual component in the form of a "light organ" comprising seven acrylic tubes mounted on an interior wall in the stair tower.

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  • The second lieutenant of the Terpsichore was a young Irishman, with a sweet, musical voice; and, as the boats left the ships, he was with difficulty kept in the line, straining to move ahead, with his face on a grin, and his cheers stimulating the men to undue or unreasonable efforts.

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  • The Fifth Book of the Histories, called Terpsichore

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  • Kullak, stern old pedagogue, divides these dances into two groups, the first dedicated to "Terpsichore," the second a frame for moods.

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  • Te Deums; six psalms; twenty anthems; three German operas; one English opera; thirty-nine Italian operas; two Italian serenatas, two English serenatas; one Italian intermezzo, "Terpsichore"; four odes; twenty-four chamber duets; ninety-four cantatas; seven French songs; thirty-three concertos; nineteen English songs; sixteen Italian airs; twenty-four sonatas.

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  • 'Terpsichore' [1: 50] 03 - TRAINING - Two Bagpipes solos by David Munrow [2: 56] 04 - ON THE ROAD - Basse danse 'Dont vient cela' from Susato's 'Danserye' [4: 07] 05 - COMPLAINT - 'O death rock me asleep', anon.

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  • In the process, I also figured out the true meaning behind the translation of dance Muse Terpsichore's name: "Delight of Dancing."

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  • Terpsichore, being untrue to her namesake, the muse of dance, managed to get stuck while moving between two rocks.

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  • French ballerina Claude Bessy makes an appearance for the opening night of this annual festival of Terpsichore on celluloid.

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