prima ballerina

pri·​ma ballerina | \ ˈprē-mə- How to pronounce prima ballerina (audio) \

Definition of prima ballerina

: the principal female dancer in a ballet company

Examples of prima ballerina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Natalie starred as prima ballerina Nina Sayers while Benjamin was hired to choreograph the iconic ballet sequences for the film. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 The chest, which has been owned by Ludmilla Tchérina, a French prima ballerina, sculptor, actress, painter, choreographer, and author of two novels. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Obsession drives a dedicated ballerina (Natalie Portman) to the brink of madness when a new dancer threatens her role as prima ballerina. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 May 2022 Next year's diverse honorees include a former first lady, pilot, prima ballerina, composer and journalist. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2022 Bessie Coleman, the first African American and first Native American woman pilot; Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and author; Jovita Idár, the Mexican American journalist and activist; and Maria Tallchief, who was America’s first prima ballerina., 1 Apr. 2022 Next year’s diverse honorees include a former first lady, prima ballerina, journalist, composer, and pilot. Essence, 20 Mar. 2020 The Bolshoi prima ballerina Olga Smirnova publicly defected to the Dutch National Ballet. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 The Malaysian actor decides not go to England to study dance, with every intention of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and avoids suffering a back injury that forces her to abandon her dream. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prima ballerina

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prima ballerina

Italian, leading ballerina

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22 Jul 2022

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“Prima ballerina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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