Definition of ballet
1a : a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphereb : 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
balleticplay \ba-ˈle-tik\ 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.
Recent Examples of ballet from the Web
Julius’ images put Louisville’s arts on the national map – notably with the poster of the striking image of a pink ballet toe shoe balanced on egg for the Louisville Ballet.
There’s The Best Little Girl in the World, a 1981 movie produced by Aaron Spelling that starred Jennifer Jason Leigh as a 17-year-old cheerleader and ballet dancer who develops an eating disorder.
Luca Guadagnino wants to be the king of ballet movies.
Others have personalized their watermelon apparel with sweetheart necklines and ballet tutus, and a few fashionistas have opted for watermelon shift dresses and even jumpsuits.
Behind the scenes of a rehearsal last week, a split-second ballet played out in semi-darkness behind the big white wall.
The building, opened in 1971, includes room for garden clubs and shows and the theater where children and youth perform music, plays and ballet.
The studio teaches ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz, tap and lyrical dance styles to children of all ages up until their 18th birthday.
PRO et CONTRA, the ballet music of Tchaikovsky does not sound.
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Origin and Etymology of ballet
French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare
First Known Use: 1634See Words from the same year
BALLET Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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