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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Nicolas Pepe performed a few nice pirouettes, got an assist and would have given Danny Rose a lot more grief on another day, but the positive signs are there for all to see. SI.com, "Matteo Guendouzi: Midfielder Delivers Performance Worthy of His Terrific Haircut in NLD," 2 Sep. 2019 A few of her video highlights include this shot of her magically completing two pirouettes while seamlessly showing off her basketball skills. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "The Most Viral Moments from the 2019 VMA Nominees," 22 Aug. 2019 Jenner took the challenge to new heights and performed a pirouette pose on a moving jet ski, gracefully unscrewing the cap with the top of her foot. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has an Extreme Fashion Take on the Latest Social Media Challenge," 9 July 2019 As the pro-United States crowd filling the stadium erupted in cheers, Rapinoe jogged toward the corner flag, uncurled a slow pirouette and lifted her arms to either side, like a bullfighter awash in adulation. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Wins World Cup and Becomes a Champion for Its Time," 7 July 2019 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

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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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