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 One day, my 70-pound male bulldog did a pirouette into the bay. Sarah Cook, al, "Meet the 2019 Women Who Shape the State honorees," 28 Oct. 2019 Furlong broke four tackles, even going through one with an almost ballet-like pirouette that is most irregular for a player of his imposing size. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland reach RWC quarterfinals with 45-7 win over Samoa," 12 Oct. 2019 Cool on the ball despite not being the quickest, Xavi was a master at buying himself time in midfield, be that through pirouettes or little one-twos. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola: The Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City Legend's All-Time Best XI," 13 Aug. 2019 Far from a mere collection of nutty pirouettes, Perec’s writing often confronts the most disturbing historical realities. Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec," 16 July 2019 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of pirouette was in 1706

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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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