en·​tre·​chat | \ ˈäⁿ(n)-trə-ˌshä How to pronounce entrechat (audio) \

Definition of entrechat

: a leap in which a ballet dancer repeatedly crosses the legs and sometimes beats them together

Examples of entrechat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take the moment in Act 2 when Albrecht, the morally deficient nobleman who’s been bewitched to dance himself to death, begins his coda with a bravura series of entrechat-sixes. Washington Post, "In ballet, conductors are the dancers’ guardian angels," 29 Apr. 2020 Khozashvili pushed Dunn away at one point; Dunn faced off with Kuranaga before tossing off a solo of quick beats and entrechats; Kuranaga got between Breen Combes and Dunn; Baranova and Tapp briefly exchanged partners for no apparent reason. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet opens with high-octane ‘Parts in Suite’," 11 Mar. 2018 Breschi and Ataide took turns practicing the swift and buoyant movements in the dance-until-death scene, which includes more than 20 entrechats, or Olympian jumps while the legs scissor back and forth. Marcia Manna, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In City Ballet's 'Giselle,' dancers find charm in classic work," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of entrechat

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entrechat

French, modification of Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally, intertwined caper

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The first known use of entrechat was in 1706

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“Entrechat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrechat. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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