battement

noun
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

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battements. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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