plural pas de trois ˌpä-də-ˈtrwä(z) How to pronounce pas de trois (audio)
: a dance or figure for three performers

Examples of pas de trois in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His every movement added layers to his character, which in turn brought tremendous dramatic power to the gripping pas de trois between the three principal characters and to the production’s final scenes. Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2023 The costumes define groups of dancers in five eye-popping colors and the choreography includes a series of fanciful but athletic pas de trois, which is a dance with three people. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 Dancer Damian Zamorano was a weekend highlight both in the role of Benno and as the male dancer in the opening pas de trois. Sean Erwin,, 22 Feb. 2022 Ashley Murphy-Wilson, Ayano Kimura and Ariel Martinez sparkled in the first-act pas de trois. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Director Edward Hall recently adapted the Coward classic for the screen, with Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, and Leslie Mann as the principal pas de trois, and Judi Dench as the frustrated spiritualist Madame Arcati. Christopher Barnard, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2021 Rewinding the clock, the researchers modeled the pas de trois over 3 billion years—and found that both the LMC and Sagittarius swooped close to the Milky Way, as recently as 50 million years ago. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, 9 Oct. 2020 As Benno, Tigran Sargsyan brought his big, easy jumps to the Act 1 pas de trois, though the partnering wasn't yet effortless. Lewis Segal,, 4 Mar. 2018 The screens proved a magnet for the dancers, particularly in a wonderful pas de trois for a couple and a screen. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


French, literally, step for three

First Known Use

circa 1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pas de trois was circa 1762

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“Pas de trois.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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