ballet de cour

play
noun \ -də-ˈku̇r \

Definition of ballet de cour

plural ballets de cour play \ba-ˈlā(z)-də-ˈku̇r, ˈba-ˌlā(z)-\
:a type of ballet performed as part of a celebration for the French royal court in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • By the middle of the sixteenth century Italian dancing masters were working in France, attracted in part by the presence of Catherine de' Medici as Queen of France, and it is at this time we note the emergence of the ballet de cour.
  • —Mary Clarke & Clement CrispThe Ballet Goer's Guide1981

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Origin and Etymology of ballet de cour

borrowed from French, literally, “court ballet”


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