prima ballerina

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

Definition of prima ballerina

: the principal female dancer in a ballet company

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Recent Examples on the Web The blandly emotive choreography, seen in brief flashes is not worthy of a prima ballerina, much less an apprentice. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "A Ballet Scandal Gets the ‘Special Victims Unit’ Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 At the start of last night’s New York City Ballet Fall Gala, spirits were as low as a prima ballerina’s grand plié. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Hosts a Fall Gala to Remember With Costumes by Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti, and Giles Deacon," 28 Sep. 2018 Irina Kolesnikova has a wealth of credits on her dance card, but the prima ballerina has made her career from one particular role of a lifetime. Rachel King, Fortune, "Behind the scenes in the career of a prima ballerina," 22 Feb. 2020 The Russian prima ballerina and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater make their United States debut in Tchaikovsky’s beloved classic. Nicole Herrington, New York Times, "Things to Do in N.Y.C. This February," 30 Jan. 2020 Big Bird visited China with Bob Hope in 1979 and even showed off his massive dancing skills with with the Rockettes and prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Caroll Spinney, the Sesame Street puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died," 8 Dec. 2019 In January, the Cuban ministry of culture appointed Viengsay Valdés, the National Ballet’s 42-year-old prima ballerina, as its deputy artistic director. Jack Anderson, New York Times, "Alicia Alonso, Star of Cuba’s National Ballet, Dies at 98," 17 Oct. 2019 She was recognized the world over for the stylized beauty of her choreography and was named prima ballerina assoluta, the rarely bestowed highest honor in dance. Peter Orsi And Andrea Rodriquez Oct. 17, SFChronicle.com, "Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, dies at 98," 17 Oct. 2019 Will anyone learn about the Logan Circle mansion that is still home to Smith, the District’s 102-year-old prima ballerina who founded a ballet school for African American dancers when the city was segregated? Washington Post, "Who will tell the stories of old D.C. when everyone’s new?," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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16 May 2020

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“Prima ballerina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prima%20ballerina. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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prima ballerina

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English Language Learners Definition of prima ballerina

: the main female dancer in a ballet company

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