from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to dancing.
  • noun A dancer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • [cap. or lowercase] Relating to the Muse Terpsichore, or to dancing and lyrical poetry, which were sacred to this Muse: as, the terpsichorean art (that is, dancing).
  • noun [lowercase] A dancer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Terpsichore; of or pertaining to dancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective dance Of or relating to dancing.
  • noun A person who dances, especially professionally.

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

  • noun a performer who dances professionally
  • adjective of or relating to dancing


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

[From Terpsichore.]

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From Terpsichore, the Muse of dance in Greek mythology.



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  • of, pertaining to, or of the nature of dancing, from "Terpsichore," the Muse of dance.

    February 14, 2007

  • Terpsichore. It just *sounds* like dancing, doesn't it?

    February 14, 2007

  • Actually, I think it sounds like a disease, and should go on your "Not as Awful as They Sound" list.

    February 15, 2007

  • ...but this word always makes me hungry for some cheesy comestibles...

    September 6, 2007

  • One of the nine muses

    July 18, 2008

  • I am with chained-bear. I have never liked the sound of this word. It lacks coloratura.

    August 23, 2008

  • “Much of the power of ‘Billy Elliot’ as an honest tear-jerker lies in its ability to give equal weight to the sweet dreams of terpsichorean flight and the sourness of a dream-denying reality, with the two elements locked in a vital and unending dialogue.�?

    The New York Times, In Hard Times, Born to Pirouette, by Ben Brantley, November 14, 2008

    November 14, 2008

  • I agree with said Brantley dude about 'Billy Elliot.' Neat story.

    November 14, 2008

  • I third that sentiment.

    November 14, 2008

  • I named one of my baroque flutes Terpsichore. The other was called Euterpe. My modern flute was called Claude, before I discovered that "Claudius" meant lame (thanks a heap, Robert Graves).

    November 14, 2008