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(Ballet) a leading dancer of a corps de ballet
[C19: from French, from Latin coryphaeus coryphaeus]
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cor•y•phée(ˌkɔr əˈfeɪ, ˌkɒr-)
n., pl. -phées.
a member of a ballet company who dances usu. as part of a small group and who ranks below the soloists.
[1820–30; < French < Latin coryphaeus coryphaeus]
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A leading member of the corps de ballet. In classical French and Russian ballet, it is a term used for a minor soloist.
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