ballet

noun bal·let \ ˈba-ˌlā , ba-ˈ \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of ballet

1 a : 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.

balletic

play \ba-ˈle-tik\ adjective

Examples of ballet in a Sentence

  1. She does tap dancing and ballet.

  2. We are going to a ballet tonight.

  3. This is one of my favorite ballets.

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Origin and Etymology of ballet

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

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BALLET Defined for English Language Learners

ballet

Definition of ballet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

ballet

noun bal·let \ ˈba-ˌlā , ba-ˈlā \

Definition of ballet for Students

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


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