fouet·​té (ˌ)fwe-ˈtā How to pronounce fouetté (audio)
: a quick whipping movement of the raised leg in ballet usually accompanying a pirouette

Examples of fouetté in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But like any hopeful dancer who got knocked to the bottom of the pyramid, the show is back for a few more fouettes, fierce competition, and, of course, drama. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, 8 May 2019 Renowned ballerina Marianela Nuñez was whirling through fouettes, while a ventriloquism record explained how to make a dummy recite the alphabet. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, 23 May 2018

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Word History


French, from past participle of fouetter to whip, from Middle French, from fouet whip, from Old French, from fou beech, from Latin fagus — more at beech

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fouetté was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Fouetté.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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