pir·​ou·​ette | \ˌpir-ə-ˈwet \

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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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 Women sipped tea in cups decorated with floral patterns and ate meringues, red velvet cookies, and chocolate pirouettes. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Ahead of royal wedding, women make fascinators in Winthrop," 12 May 2018 Deadpool also does some nice pirouettes and grand jetés in between — in stilettos, no less! — as Céline goes full Céline on stage. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Watch Deadpool pay tribute to Flashdance and frolic around Céline Dion," 3 May 2018 The baby is reportedly a girl and has already started doing double pirouettes (unconfirmed). Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Morning Headlines: Angelina Jolie Stuns on the Red Carpet, Kim & Kanye Are Having a... — and More," 3 June 2013 Adding theatrics were earrings shaped like a stage, complete with red curtains and a detailed backdrop against which a golden ballerina balanced in an eternal pirouette. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "See the Exquisite, One-of-a-Kind Jewels from Dolce & Gabbana’s Latest Alta Gioielleria Collection Here," 7 Apr. 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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