: 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 Alas, the past isn’t quite ready to release its grip on these crazy kids just yet, especially once Gracie decides to roll out the welcome mat for a breathy TV actress who’s preparing to play her in an indie film about the scandal (Natalie Portman (phenomenally on pointe in a merciless performance). Wilson Chapman, IndieWire, 16 July 2024 In both cinema and ballet culture, injuries inflicted by the pointe shoe are framed as a kind of blood sacrifice, in which physical pain is traded for physical feats as supernatural as any witch's enhancement. Ruby Feneley, refinery29.com, 1 Feb. 2024 For the label’s fall 2023 runway show in London, models wore bloodied pointe shoes to stomp down the runway. Violet Goldstone, WWD, 12 June 2024 Since men do not normally wear pointe shoes, the dancers had a special fitting with Josephine Lee of The Pointe Shop and have been training in them. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pointe 

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Word History


French pointe (du pied), literally, tiptoe

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pointe was in 1846

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“Pointe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointe. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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