Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pirouette

play
noun pir·ou·ette \ˌpir-ə-ˈwet\

Simple Definition of pirouette

  • : a full turn on the front of one foot in ballet

Full Definition of pirouette

  1. :  a rapid whirling about of the body; especially :  a full turn on the toe or ball of one foot in ballet

pirouette intransitive verb

Examples of pirouette

  1. the elegant pirouettes of the prima ballerina

  2. <the ballerina's perfectly executed pirouette>



Origin of pirouette

French, literally, teetotum


First Known Use: 1706

Other Dance Terms



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pirouette? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez duvet spindrift kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ