bal·le·ri·na | \ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə \

Definition of ballerina 

: a woman who is a ballet dancer : danseuse

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One prominent dancer, Amie Sultan, hails from a wealthy family and trained as a ballerina. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 The third section featured a complex pas de deux for Brian Simcoe and Xuan Cheng, another gorgeous ballerina with a steely body. Laura Bleiberg,, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 Talking of clichés: a ballerina music box charged with symbolic power? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 There are six shades of (my personal fave) the Flash Power Plumping Gloss ($29), too, all wearable nudes ranging from a sheer ballerina pink to a rich mauve. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Introducing Ever Makeup, the Clean Cosmetics Line Brand From Ever Skin," 3 Mar. 2018 Pair it with some skinnyjeans and ballerina flats and head over to Candle 79 for some spaghetti and wheat balls. Amanda Hearst, Town & Country, "A.R.H. Pick of the Week," 20 Nov. 2013 My look will usually fall somewhere between ballerina and dominatrix in the form of elegant lines, choice moments of allure, and leather. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Creative Director Who’s Not Afraid to Wear Mismatched Shoes," 8 May 2018 The refined sensibilities of his hippos stand in touching contrast to their obvious tonnage, and his pen line — though never forgetting their impossible weight and size — endows them with the grace and airiness of a ballerina and her cavalier. Amy Bloom, New York Times, "For the Love of ‘George and Martha’," 29 Mar. 2018 Lawrence plays a ballerina recruited into Russian intelligence whose first mission targets a CIA agent (Joel Edgerton). Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: 'Han Solo' in theaters, 'Red Sparrow' on DVD," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of ballerina

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballerina

Italian, from ballare to dance, from Late Latin — more at ball

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English Language Learners Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer


bal·le·ri·na | \ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə \

Kids Definition of ballerina

: a female ballet dancer

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