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

  • n. A ballet dancer who ranks above a member of the corps de ballet and below a soloist and who performs in small ensembles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ballet dancer ranking above a member of the corps de ballet and below a soloist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ballet dancer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ballet-dancer who takes a leading part.
  • n. In ornithology, an African bush-creeper, a species of Thamnobia, T. coryphæa.

Etymologies

French, from Latin coryphaeus, leader; see coryphaeus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin coryphaeus, from Ancient Greek κορυφαῖος (koruphaios, "leader"), from κορυφή (koruphē, "head"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Miss Hagman had the perfect life: a luxurious apartment, more than adequate means, and she was free to be a coryphée, to socialize with all manner of people—from royalty to artists."
    The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann, p 157

    July 2, 2013