ballerina

noun
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 revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system. Bernard Mcghee, Twin Cities, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system. Bernard Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 Hayward—a principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet, in London—brings a tremulous spontaneity and fragile wonder to the role of Victoria. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cats” Could Have Been a Contender," 27 Dec. 2019 The film introduces Francesca Hayward, a principal ballerina for Britain’s Royal Ballet, whose gift in toe shoes is tutu real. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "‘Cats,’ with Judi Dench, Taylor Swift and ballerina Francesca Hayward, could be the pick of the litter for musicals," 18 Dec. 2019 The early 20th century included the rise of the ballerina as a cultural figure and the iconic tutu as inspiration for a new style of dress, Mears writes. Leanne Italie, Twin Cities, "Coffee table books are great gifts — even if you don’t have a coffee table," 30 Nov. 2019 The early 20th century included the rise of the ballerina as a cultural figure and the iconic tutu as inspiration for a new style of dress, Mears writes. Washington Post, "Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts," 19 Nov. 2019 Hayward is a gifted ballerina, with the flexibility and litheness inherent in that occupation, but the whole ensemble moves with a similar expertise and fluidity. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "‘Cats,’ with Judi Dench, Taylor Swift and ballerina Francesca Hayward, could be the pick of the litter for musicals," 18 Dec. 2019 Earlier this month, the history-making ballerina, 37, shared an Instagram photo showing two young dancers wearing blackface. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Misty Copeland Calls Out Russian Ballet Company for Blackface: 'The Reality of the Ballet World'," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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26 Jan 2020

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“Ballerina.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballerina. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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ballerina

noun
How to pronounce ballerina (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer

ballerina

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

Kids Definition of ballerina

: a female ballet dancer

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