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Definition of pointe

: a ballet position in which the body is balanced on the extreme tip of the toe

Examples of pointe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To successfully break the record, the group will need to have more than 245 people rise up en pointe at once for a full minute. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 14 Aug. 2019 The teen dramedy is filmed in Paris, so the scenery and dancing are on pointe. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2020 Children can also delight in Pirouette, who dances en pointe in her musical magic box. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Before her entrance, Teuscher will head to the bathroom backstage and bang her brand-new pointe shoes against the wall. Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2020 The only ones in pointe shoes are those romping through a brief, exaggerated dance-within-a-dance that spoofs old-fashioned ballets. Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2020 Recalling her days as a dancer, a young woman, bone thin, took off a boot and performed an en demi-pointe pirouette. David Guttenfelder, National Geographic, 17 Dec. 2019 One had no trouble imagining dancers as Szeps-Znaider conjured music evoking not only moments from the tale itself but also the graceful pointe and dramatic leaps and turns of a physical production. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2019 In Petipa’s original version, ballerinas performed the Kingdom of the Shades in heeled shoes, later changed to pointe. Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pointe

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pointe

French pointe (du pied), literally, tiptoe

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“Pointe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointe. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pointe

: a ballet position in which the dancer stands on the ends of the toes


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