ballon

noun

bal·​lon ba-ˈlōⁿ How to pronounce ballon (audio)
: lightness of movement that exaggerates the duration of a ballet dancer's jump

Word History

Etymology

French, literally, balloon

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballon was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near ballon

Cite this Entry

“Ballon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballon. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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