chaî·​né shā-ˈnā How to pronounce chaîné (audio)
: a series of short usually fast turns by which a ballet dancer moves across the stage

Word History


French, from past participle of chaîner to chain

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chaîné was in 1897

Dictionary Entries Near chaîné

Cite this Entry

“Chaîné.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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