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(kə-rā′gəs) also cho·re·gus (-rē′-, -rā′-)
n. pl. cho·ra·gi also cho·re·gi (-jī′)
1. One who undertook the expense of providing the chorus in ancient Greek drama.
2. The leader of a group or movement.

[Latin chorāgus, from Greek khorēgos, khorāgos : khoros, chorus; see gher- in Indo-European roots + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

cho·rag′ic (-răj′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -gi (-dʒaɪ) or -guses
1. (Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama)
a. the leader of a chorus
b. a sponsor of a chorus
2. (Theatre) a conductor of a festival
[C17: from Latin, from Greek khoragos, from khoros chorus + agein to lead]
choragic adj
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(kəˈreɪ gəs, koʊ-, kɔ-)

also choregus

n., pl. -gi (-jī), -gus•es.
1. (in ancient Greece) the leader of a dramatic chorus.
2. any conductor or leader of something, esp. of a musical ensemble or entertainment.
[1620–30; < Latin < Greek chorāgós,chorēgós <chor(ós) chorus + ágein to lead]
cho•rag•ic (kəˈrædʒ ɪk, -ˈreɪ dʒɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.choragus - (ancient Greece) leader of a group or festival; leader of a chorus
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
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Curculio 466-82 where the Choragus provides a comic tour of the forum.
In classical Rome, the choragus supplied costumes and scenic apparatus and occasionally organized performances or directed the chorus.
It enabled me to see and appreciate what has been called static or lyric drama, This old tragedy, still relying on the condition of the chorus and the choragus, posed static heroes like Prometheus bound or tongue-tied Cassandra or even the watchman fixed on the roof in the opening scene of Agamemnon.