ballet

noun
bal·​let | \ ˈba-ˌlā How to pronounce ballet (audio) , ba-ˈlā\

Definition of ballet

1a : a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphere
b : dancing in which conventional poses and steps are combined with light flowing figures (such as leaps and turns)
2 : music for a ballet
3 : a group that performs ballets
4 : something likened to a ballet especially in complexity and precision of movement Where else can you peek into the kitchen and see a quiet ballet of cooks, their entire attention focused on feeding a mere 65 people?— Ruth Reichl Rather, it is people and the daily ballet of urban life that make a city.— Steven Earnest et al.

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Other Words from ballet

balletic \ ba-​ˈle-​tik How to pronounce balletic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ballet in a Sentence

She does tap dancing and ballet. We are going to a ballet tonight. This is one of my favorite ballets.
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Funds for these scholarships come from many places, but the most glamorous source is the ballet school’s annual Winter Ball, where black-tie balletomanes enjoy a gala dinner and performance given by students of the SAB. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 The walls of the demented ballet school that serves as the film’s nightmarish setting are blood red, both inside and out. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 Mia studied ballet, liked to sing, and also was learning English. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fatal Delray Beach crash led to 'loss of his entire family at the same exact moment'," 8 May 2018 Last Thursday, the results of their alliance unfolded onstage at the famous Roman theater, in a triptych of ballets entitled Philip Glass Evening. Giacomo Minazzi, Vogue, "At the World Premiere of Nuit Blanche, Costumed by Dior, Fashion and Ballet Collided Gracefully Onstage," 1 Apr. 2019 Gone was most of the dialogue and the Robbins choreography — which, along with costumes, the Pops didn’t have permission to use, even though Robbins’s movement has the narrative power of story ballet. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 Robbins' fusion of formal ballet with more aggressive, jazzier street movement has largely defined every major production since, including the most recent Broadway revival in 2009. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 Construction management software Building a house is a study in chaos, with a contractor bringing on dozens of subcontractors in a kind of ballet that’s anything but graceful. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Working together to come up with the right online keywords, the rookie entrepreneurs were able to register 45 new students wanting to learn everything from ballet to flamenco within a month. Sole Sastre, miamiherald, "Google showcases Doral dance studio in online commercial," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of ballet

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ballet

French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare

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ballet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ballet

: a kind of dancing that is performed on a stage and that uses dance, music, costumes, and scenery to tell a story
: a show in which ballet is performed
: a group of dancers who perform ballets together

ballet

noun
bal·​let | \ ˈba-ˌlā How to pronounce ballet (audio) , ba-ˈlā\

Kids Definition of ballet

1 : a stage dance that tells a story in movement and pantomime
2 : a group that performs ballets

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