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

Examples of plié in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Move to the beat of hip hop, sway your hips to Latin music or plie to ballet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Dec. 2022 A plie, arms in first position, followed by delicate steps to the side. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity.com, 26 May 2017

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Word History


borrowed from French, noun derivative from past participle of plier "to fold, bend," going back to Middle & Old French pleier, ploier, plier — more at ply entry 3

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plié was in 1892

Dictionary Entries Near plié

Cite this Entry

“Plié.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pli%C3%A9. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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