ballet de cour


plural ballets 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

Word History


borrowed from French, literally, "court ballet"

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballet de cour was in 1891

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“Ballet de cour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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