port de bras

\ ˌpȯr-də-ˈbrä How to pronounce port de bras (audio) \

Definition of port de bras

: the technique and practice of arm movement in ballet

Examples of port de bras in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

By the looks of her social media, Miller is under an intense physical therapy regimen to try and make that happen, even completing a port de bras in one video. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Officially Cancer Free," 23 May 2019 Lane tended to rely on her steely legwork, as though her upper body port de bras were tacked on as an afterthought. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "ABT's 'Nutcracker,' a new classic worth watching over and over (and over)," 11 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'port de bras.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of port de bras

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for port de bras

French, literally, carriage of the arm

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about port de bras

Statistics for port de bras

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for port de bras

The first known use of port de bras was in 1912

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on port de bras

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with port de bras

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about port de bras

Comments on port de bras

What made you want to look up port de bras? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


recurring in steady succession

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!