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

Four other cast members — Joseph Abrego, Nicole Erb, Nicole Cowans and Carina Morales — portray toys in the nursery (lion, soldier, ballerina, airplane), then double as the adults who appear briefly in the show. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: A heart-tugging ‘Rabbit’ on SCR stage," 3 June 2019 In attendance was Indre Rockefeller (a former ballerina herself), Wes Gordon and Paul Arnhold, Pose actor Dyllón Burnside; SAB’s artistic director Jon Stafford, associate artistic director Wendy Whelan, and executive director Carrie W. Hinrichs. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 The Metropolitan Opera House was sold out; other celebrated ballerinas were spotted in the audience. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Many Giselles, but Only One Osipova," 20 May 2018 These ballerinas have long resorted to darkening their own footwear, which is typically sold in pink shades most suited for white dancers. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Ballet has long excluded dancers of color. A broader range of “nude” pointe shoes signal change.," 9 Nov. 2018 Founded by a former ballerina and surfer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, the brand is most known for its scalloped swimsuits but has expanded its repertoire to include gingham print and fringe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ballerina.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ballerina

Statistics for ballerina

Last Updated

15 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ballerina

The first known use of ballerina was in 1815

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ballerina



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on ballerina

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ballerina

Spanish Central: Translation of ballerina

Nglish: Translation of ballerina for Spanish Speakers

Comments on ballerina

What made you want to look up ballerina? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!