bal·​le·​ri·​na | \ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə \

Definition of ballerina 

: a woman who is a ballet dancer : danseuse

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Violetta is a professional ballerina, which is one of the things the TFIOS star loves about her. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "9 Regular People Who Dated Celebs," 24 May 2018 Holliday said her enthusiasm for booking the three-day outdoor festival started to wane after Hellman passed away in 2011, followed by his wife, Chris Hellman, a former ballerina turned philanthropist who died last February. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dawn Holliday, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival’s musical curator, to step down," 5 Feb. 2018 The shy and waifish former ballerina had swiftly become the gold standard of the Hollywood Golden Age, thanks to her breakout role in 1953's Roman Holiday. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Audrey Hepburn," 5 May 2014 LD Tuttle designer Tiffany Tuttle, a former ballerina, gives her cowboy boots a dark Goth spin, while Ann Mashburn goes for a mod neatness. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "The Cowboy Boot’s Unlikely Journey from Ranch to Runway," 21 Aug. 2018 Ingrid Silva is turning the stereotype of a ballerina body on its head. Brittany Burke,, "Ballerina Ingrid Silva on Unraveling Stereotypes: ‘I Can Be Classical and Elegant With My Own Body’," 10 Apr. 2018 Thanks to Cardi B, one badass biker/ballerina ensemble and a medley that featured one of her favorite collaborators, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards kicked off with a bang and an unexpected mix of of her biggest hits. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Cardi B's 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Opening Performance Is One Of Her Best Yet," 11 Mar. 2018 The Bumble users featured in the campaign included a slew of models, a handful of actors and personal trainers, a professional ballerina, and the founders of several companies, including SoulCycle, Sweetgreen, By Chloe, and Refinery29. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "From Dove to Bumble, more companies are enlisting “real people” to market their products.," 18 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit filed Tuesday by 19-year-old ballerina Alexandra Waterbury names the ballet company and former principal dancer Chase Finlay as defendants. Fox News, "NYC Ballet sued over claims nude dancers photos were shared among males," 6 Sep. 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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