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

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the ballet’s finale, the audience will witness grande jetés, or leaps with splits in the air, and more than two dozen fouetté turns, a kind of pirouette on one leg. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 Terrence Hackett II shows off a pirouette-style move and falls on the hardwood floor at Skateland Roller Skating. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 Morant showcased his singular style in the second quarter, launching skyward to pirouette midair and dish a backhanded layup off the backboard. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 27 Feb. 2022 Beth watches from the wings of the stage as Stacey performs … and falls during a pirouette. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 23 Feb. 2022 Take that, Joe Morgan’s homer and Will Clark’s laugh and Barry Bonds’ pirouette. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Bellinger jumped, spun, did a pirouette, and danced around the bases as the crowd of 51,307 had the stadium shaking. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 In a deadly pirouette, the DB5 and Bond spray the goons—and poor Matera—back to the Stone Age. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, 8 Oct. 2021 Even granting that Villalobos is a part written as all pirouette, Debrez throws in plié and jeté, too. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of pirouette was in 1706

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10 May 2022

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“Pirouette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirouette. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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