ballet

noun
bal·​let | \ ˈba-ˌlā How to pronounce ballet (audio) , 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 How to pronounce balletic (audio) \ 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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Almost every summer, the city’s glittery, 161-year-old home to ballet, Broadway, and opera goes dark for a few weeks for restoration work. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 Live music from the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra will accompany the ballet performances. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Women's club serves up beer, wine at Fair ...community events," 21 June 2018 Years in the making, the launch cemented SpaceX's initial lead in the new space race with the success of the most powerful rocket in the world, complete with booster-landing ballet. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "One Year On, the Falcon Heavy's Successful Launch Is Still Incredible," 6 Feb. 2019 Despite the departure of New York City Ballet’s ballet-master-in-chief Peter Martins last year, his tastes can still be seen in the company’s latest season. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Legacy Stays Onstage," 4 Feb. 2019 Meghan Markle reportedly also wore ballet slippers for her own wedding back in May, while Kate Middleton kind of broke the mold on her wedding day with the shade Essie Allure, a different sheer pink. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Princess Eugenie Got Married in the Same $9 Essie Nail Polish Meghan Markle Wore for Her Wedding," 15 Oct. 2018 As the night’s honorary chair, Kennedy waxed nostalgic about her memories attending the ballet with her balletomane mother who served as a longtime ABT chairman. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "It Was Ladies’ Night at the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala," 18 Oct. 2018 Based on the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet (which itself was based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s original fairy tale), the film stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, the central heroine who discovers a parallel world created by her late mother. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The New Trailer for "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Is a Stunning Holiday Dream," 8 Aug. 2018 In such cases, a piece of dance, like a ballet, having characters and a story or narrative of some sort goes a long way. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 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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ballet

noun

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

ballet

noun
bal·​let | \ ˈba-ˌlā How to pronounce ballet (audio) , 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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