pir·​ou·​ette | \ ˌpir-ə-ˈwet How to pronounce pirouette (audio) \

Definition of pirouette

: a rapid whirling about of the body especially : a full turn on the toe or ball of one foot in ballet

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Other Words from pirouette

pirouette intransitive verb

Examples of pirouette in a Sentence

the elegant pirouettes of the prima ballerina the ballerina's perfectly executed pirouette

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First base umpire Ron Kulpa had to do a pirouette to avoid Heyward’s rip down the line, which prompted Ausmus to leave the dugout for a quick discussion about a possible review. Phil Rogers, latimes.com, "Angels blown out by Cubs despite pointing to ‘an inch or two here or there’," 3 June 2019 When listening to Rolling Stones music, one is more likely to think of screaming fans and large arenas than pirouettes and Lincoln Center. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Mick Jagger Reveals What it's Like to Collaborate With His Girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick," 28 Feb. 2019 Dancers were warming up — one lay on the floor, her legs extended stiffly in front of her, doing crunches; others stood in the center of the room seeming to turn dance steps over in their minds before bursting into spectacular pirouettes. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Justin Peck Is Making Ballet That Speaks to Our Everyday Lives," 10 May 2018 With fewer frames to absorb, your eyes are able to follow every blow and pirouette. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince is influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender in the best ways," 7 Sep. 2018 Throughout all these pirouettes, however, nothing actually changed on the level of economic policy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Republicans are preparing to disavow Trump if he fails — then come back and try the same policies," 6 Sep. 2018 Erardi writes about him with a suggestive and subjugating prose, without grammatical pirouettes. Jorge Ebro, miamiherald, "This is why this book about Tony Perez is a must-read for fans, lovers of Cuban history | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 At the Farallones, 40-foot humpbacks were launching into the air, rotating in half pirouettes, then crashing into the sea on their backs. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Reve’s quintuple pirouettes in Basilio’s equally impressive variations brought gleeful laudations from the crowd, this critic included. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Ballet Nacional de Cuba's 'Don Quixote' is unapologetically unrefreshed — and the dancing is glorious," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of pirouette

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pirouette

French, literally, teetotum

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English Language Learners Definition of pirouette

: a full turn on the front of one foot in ballet

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