ballet de cour

\ -də-ˈku̇r How to pronounce ballet de cour (audio) \
plural ballets de cour\ ba-​ˈlā(z)-​də-​ˈku̇r , ˈba-​ˌlā(z)-​ \

Definition of ballet de cour

: 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 Crisp, The Ballet Goer's Guide, 1981

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First Known Use of ballet de cour

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballet de cour

borrowed from French, literally, “court ballet”

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“Ballet de cour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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