ballet

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noun bal·let \ˈba-ˌlā, ba-ˈ\

Definition of ballet

  1. 1 a :  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 (as leaps and turns)

  2. 2 :  music for a ballet

  3. 3 :  a group that performs ballets

balletic

play \ba-ˈle-tik\ adjective

Examples of ballet in a sentence

  1. She does tap dancing and ballet.

  2. We are going to a ballet tonight.

  3. This is one of my favorite ballets.

Origin and Etymology of ballet

French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare


First Known Use: 1634

Other Dance Terms


BALLET Defined for English Language Learners

ballet

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noun bal·let \ˈba-ˌlā, ba-ˈ\

Definition of ballet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

ballet

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noun bal·let \ˈba-ˌlā, ba-ˈlā\

Definition of ballet for Students

  1. 1 :  a stage dance that tells a story in movement and pantomime

  2. 2 :  a group that performs ballets



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