pas de quatre

noun
pas de qua·​tre | \ ˌpä-də-ˈkat How to pronounce pas de quatre (audio) , -ˈka-trə, -ˈkätrᵊ How to pronounce pas de quatre (audio) \
plural pas de quatre\ ˌpä-​də-​ˈkat How to pronounce pas de quatre (audio) , -​ˈka-​trə , -​ˈkätrᵊ How to pronounce pas de quatre (audio) \

Definition of pas de quatre

: a dance or figure for four performers

Examples of pas de quatre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This season, the Act 2 pas de quatre, a speedy and demanding divertissement for three women and one man, was cut to help streamline the ballet. New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Swans Use Grit to Find Glory," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pas de quatre

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pas de quatre

French, literally, step for four

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Cite this Entry

“Pas de quatre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pas%20de%20quatre. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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