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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Now, the famous shoe brand released a new ladylike ballet flat called Tree Breezers ($95), which answer a consumer demand for a more feminine silhouette that goes from day to night (yas ladies!). Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Allbirds Just Dropped the Most Comfortable Ballet Flat You'll Ever Wear," 2 May 2019 Some shared poems, others shared art and one group shared a killer-whale ballet. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘I have not slept in days’: Readers react to Tahlequah, the mother orca clinging to her dead calf," 5 Aug. 2018 The ballet is raising $13 million, in part to begin construction of a new headquarters at Loch Haven Park. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shane Jewell is Orlando Ballet's new executive director," 28 June 2018 The tinny music in the music box is the theme from Swan Lake -- a ballet where the heroine is imprisoned in the body of a swan, stripped of her identity. Rena Gross, Billboard, "10 Surprises From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 8 'Women's Work'," 6 June 2018 The first tutu was worn in 1832 by the great dancer, Marie Taglioni, for her leading role in La Sylphide — a ballet about weightless, winged, air sprites. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Nolan, in particular, presents a full-out comic ballet of facial and bodily messages expressing the confluence of narcissism, power, and cruelty. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 Shelved racks of products move in a ghost-like ballet, seemingly by themselves but aided by robotics and computers that direct them in and out of aisles crisscrossing the 855,000 square-foot Amazon Inc. warehouse. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Helped By Robotics, Amazon Expands Windsor Facility," 25 May 2018 Director Joe Mantello elicits spot-on performances from the cast but, more crucially, choreographs them in a conversational ballet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "REVIEW: Tony-winning ‘Humans’ at Blumenthal are always in motion | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 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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