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
Recent Examples on the Web While Hurley’s uneven bars routines have always been ones to watch, thanks to her excellent pirouette overshoot, her vault performances have become must-sees, as well. Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, "Lack of state gymnastics events only thing keeping Mansfield senior Erin Hurley from meeting her goals," 30 Jan. 2021 Anthony Mmesoma Madu gained fame through a simple cellphone video of him performing the pirouette without shoes in the drizzling rain in Nigeria earlier this year. Jonathan Landrum Jr., Chron, "Despite bleak 2020, celebrities such as Trae Tha Truth make effort to brighten year," 25 Dec. 2020 The spacecraft will also perform a bit of a pirouette on Saturday, spinning about an axis that is perpendicular to its robotic arm, to determine the mass of the sample. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New images show NASA spacecraft's historic landing on asteroid," 21 Oct. 2020 In the coming days, researchers will issue a command to make the spacecraft pirouette in place with its robotic arm extended. National Geographic, "Daring NASA mission touches asteroid, awaits confirmation of scooped sample," 20 Oct. 2020 Espinoza took a pass from Nick Lima at the top of the area, did a pirouette to evade two defenders and slipped a side-netter inside the far post to open the scoring in the 50th minute. Staff And News Services, SFChronicle.com, "Earthquakes beat Whitecaps 3-0 for third straight win," 7 Oct. 2020 Ruckelshaus would testify to seeing Locane exit her car and pirouette into a ditch. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Wrong Turn: The tragic story of former It Girl Amy Locane," 6 Oct. 2020 Instead, the cellphone video of him performing the pirouette without shoes on the unevenly wet concrete was seen by a much bigger audience. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo pay homage to young Nigerian ballet dancer after viral video," 22 Aug. 2020 But unlike previous reversals, Mr. Johnson’s latest pirouette drew little criticism. Mark Landler, New York Times, "A Somber Boris Johnson Offers Britain a New Plan to Halt the Virus," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

15 Feb 2021

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“Pirouette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirouette. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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