\ plē-ˈā How to pronounce plié (audio) \

Definition of plié

: a bending of the knees outward by a ballet dancer with the back held straight

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Recent Examples on the Web A plie, arms in first position, followed by delicate steps to the side. Kaitlyn Schwers,, "6-year-old girl with birth defect takes to the dance floor with determination, joy," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of plié

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plié

French, from past participle of plier to bend

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The first known use of plié was in 1892

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“Plié.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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