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

Definition of ballerina

: a woman who is a ballet dancer : danseuse

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Recent Examples on the Web Each layer of Krimes’s cosmos is also covered with flying figures, muscular ballerina bodies hand-drawn with colored pencils. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Breathtaking Ingenuity of Incarcerated Artists," 7 Feb. 2021 Besides Vibratin’ Katie, there’s Alicia the professional ballerina, Abigail who was born deaf, Kristin who is a lawyer who loves a rooftop bar, Magi the pharmacist from Ethiopia, Anna who is a caffeine fiend, and Sarah the reporter. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, "The Bachelor Season Premiere Recap: Just Vibing," 5 Jan. 2021 In this case its pretty obvious: While the other kids are hopping around in ballerina outfits, Blue is decidedly on beat and checking herself in the mirror. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Blue Ivy Carter’s Fire Dance Moves in This Video Prove She Takes After Beyoncé," 11 Jan. 2021 Alicia, a 24-year-old ballerina, dances on pointe from the limo to Matt in a full ball gown (don’t mind us watching this in our sweats from the couch). Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Matt James makes his TV debut in a night of franchise firsts, 8 sent home," 5 Jan. 2021 Among the women vying for Matt's heart are several former pageant stars, attorneys, and even a professional ballerina. Lydia Wang,, "Where To Find All Of Matt’s Bachelor Contestants On Instagram," 4 Jan. 2021 The ballerina performed for New York’s Ballet Theater and appeared on Broadway and TV. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The first season centered on the mystery behind what happened to Cassie, a star ballerina who fell off the roof of the school and ended up in a coma. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tiny Pretty Things Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 22 Dec. 2020 One user gave it a ballerina twist, while others stayed true to the original Victorian feel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "These Are the Best #MakeItVogue TikToks," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Ballerina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce ballerina (audio) \

Kids Definition of ballerina

: a female ballet dancer

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