bal·let | \ˈba-ˌlā, 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 \ 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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The class is meant for those who have never taken a ballet class but want to try their tutus on and give it a go., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 8 June 2018 More than 600 students per year take ballet classes in several locations. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet to break ground on new rehearsal facility Tuesday," 4 June 2018 Ballet San Antonio is a nonprofit organization and the resident ballet company at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Antonio. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "Ballet San Antonio dancer faces sexual assault charges," 1 June 2018 Negron began ballet classes in elementary school before studying dance in college at Southern Methodist University. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Why the lead dancer in 'Appalachian Spring' must be a 'strong and complex woman'," 30 May 2018 Members of Ballet Apetrei, St. Tammany's only pre-professional non-profit ballet company, attended the festival to hone their skills, perform for their peers and seek dance scholarships. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: Wealth of young artistic talent on display on the north shore," 16 May 2018 Ansin and Villella are both credited with founding the ballet company in a Lincoln Road storefront in the mid-1980s in Miami Beach. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Ballet founder asks court for OK to include Edward Villella in memoir | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 The program begins in September and will required enrollment in one jazz class, one tap class, two classical ballet classes and one rehearsal class per week. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland theater's auditions for May 11 and Beyond: Near West Theatre's Teen/Young Adult Production of "Spring Awakening" & More," 11 May 2018 The car reliably got me to wherever my teenage whims took me (mostly school and ballet class). Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Goodbye to the Ford Taurus, the Chariot of my Childhood," 26 Apr. 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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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


bal·let | \ˈba-ˌlā, 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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