bal·​le·​ri·​na | \ ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce ballerina (audio) \

Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer : danseuse

Examples of ballerina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The principal roles of Odette and Odile are performed by Ukrainian ballerina Olga Kifyak. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 The ballerina Olga Smirnova was outside the country when Putin attacked on February 24. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 2 May 2022 The professional dancers will be on pointe, the highest caliber of becoming a ballerina. Sheryl Devore,, 13 Apr. 2022 The design duo had the all-star cast transform into ballerina dancers for a day—practicing their best poses with toe points, extensions, and all. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 The Euphoria actress and executive producer slicked her hair back into a low ballerina bun. Janine Henni,, 19 Apr. 2022 On its hard-plastic cover, there was an anthropomorphic bear dressed like a ballerina balancing on a single chubby toe. Virgie Tovar,, 29 Mar. 2022 Earlier this year, a ballerina from Ballet Arkansas taught a virtual dance lesson. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2022 The fluidity of dance is reflected in the Sylphide ballerina clip by Van Cleef & Arpels, showcasing pink and yellow sapphires and white diamonds set in 18-karat white and yellow gold; $317,000, at Van Cleef & Arpels, Beverly Hills. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Ballerina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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bal·​le·​ri·​na | \ ˌba-lə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce ballerina (audio) \

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: a female ballet dancer

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