Definition of chorine in English:



  • A chorus girl.

    ‘pictures of 1930's chorines in stage costumes of the period’
    • ‘Daniel Crossley as the guilt-haunted Paul, Rachel Wooding as a pigeon-toed ding-a-ling and Nina French as a chorine cracking under the strain of her fixed smile also stand out in a first-rate cast.’
    • ‘After all, the young women she affectionately called ‘my girls’ were no common chorines.’
    • ‘In Astaire's extraordinarily complex ‘Bojangles of Harlem,’ he dances by himself, with a proliferation of chorines, and finally with three massive rear-projection shadows of himself.’
    • ‘Topical jokes proliferate, flames spout from balustrades and chorines' hats as Las Vegas meets Cirque du Soleil.’
    • ‘Cheered on by spunky chorine Gracie and inspired by the faith of lovely society lady Linda Lee, Cole and Monty drum up the funds to put on a show.’
    • ‘And he became inordinately fond of various chorines and divas.’
    • ‘So all the ladies at a royal ball wear identical gowns, like chorines in a musical.’
    • ‘When the U.S. entered the Great War, Ziegfeld, now married to the beautiful actress Billie Burke, decked his chorines out in military uniforms - except for one who bared a breast, impersonating Liberty as shown in various paintings.’
    • ‘The second act curtain-raiser, ‘You Took Advantage of Me,’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the show, but features four of what I think were once known as chorines.’
    • ‘While creating dances for ‘Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe,’ he met a chorine named Betsy Blair; they married in 1940.’
    • ‘Dancing despite the Nazis, the tawdry chorines of ‘Cabaret’ provide a bracing alternative to ‘The Sound of Music's’ sugarcoated Trapps.’
    • ‘I cannot think of a single West End show that has such a dedicated and exciting gang of performers from the one-line chorines to the major roles.’


1920s (originally US): from chorus + -ine.