pas de trois

noun
\ ˌpä-də-ˈtrwä How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) , -ˈtwä How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) \
plural pas de trois\ ˌpä-​də-​ˈtrwä(z) How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) , -​ˈtwä(z) \

Definition of pas de trois

: a dance or figure for three performers

Examples of pas de trois in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, latimes.com, 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 The careful attention to musicality of all three dancers coupled with the bright red pointe shoes of the two women and the fuchsia accents on Ito’s red tunic made this pas de trois a visual delight. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pas de trois

circa 1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pas de trois

French, literally, step for three

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“Pas de trois.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pas%20de%20trois. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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