bat·​te·​ment | \ ˌbat-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce battement (audio) \

Definition of battement

: 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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First Known Use of battement

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battement

French, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere

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“Battement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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