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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At that point in time, Steinvorth worked as a translator after moving on from a nascent career as a ballerina. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 And the innocent, Hungarian ballerina was inspired by an Italian immigrant accused of murdering her missing husband. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 There are 9 main nail shapes: round, square, rounded square, oval, squoval, ballerina, almond, stiletto, and lipstick. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019 Ballet slippers evoked the dance tradition very literally, while open toe heels featured crisscross strapping in a take on a ballerina’s shoe. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 And a pro styling tip: ballerina tie your laces above the ankle for a little something extra. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 Two guest ballerinas fly in: San Francisco’s Frances Chung, partnered by Connor Walsh; and the Joffrey’s Victoria Jaiani, with Jared Mathews. Houston Chronicle, "Must List: Nate Bargatze with the laughs, Housto Slab cars with the swangas," 20 June 2018 The Stud, 399 Ninth St., S.F. San Francisco Ballet School Student Showcase: Scout the next generation at the school’s year-end performance, where everyone from baby ballerinas to company trainees gets a moment in the spotlight. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Things to do in the Bay Area, May 23," 21 May 2018 This spring, there are a variety of flats out there: ballerinas, lace-ups, moccasins, and espadrilles. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Shoe czar Stuart Weitzman says this spring it's all about straps, flats and booties| Elizabeth Wellington," 19 Apr. 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


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Kids Definition of ballerina

: a female ballet dancer

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