bat·​te·​ment ˌbat-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce battement (audio)
: a ballet movement in which the foot is extended in any direction usually followed by a beat against the supporting foot

Examples of battement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Control of your rigid torso while your foot shoots upward from the hip in a battement. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, 22 Apr. 2021

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Word History


French, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of battement was in 1802

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“Battement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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