prima ballerina


pri·​ma ballerina ˈprē-mə- How to pronounce prima ballerina (audio)
: the principal female dancer in a ballet company

Examples of prima ballerina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bakersfield native Tiler Peck’s new show features award-winning performers in an evening of diverse dance Facebook Show more sharing options Tiler Peck is no ordinary prima ballerina. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 At the ballet, one of the most joyous moments comes when a young dancer is promoted to prima ballerina at La Scala, or étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet, or principal at the American Ballet Theatre, and the older members of the corps pelt them with flowers: A star is born. Jason Farago, Town & Country, 28 Sep. 2022 Lupe Serrano, a prima ballerina with American Ballet Theater, who was known for her virtuosity, and for dancing with figures such as Rudolf Nureyev, is dead at 92. Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2023 For years, Kingston has played understudy to a prima ballerina named Hudson, about 30 miles to the north and across the river. Nikita Richardson, New York Times, 13 June 2023 The crew ventures to Vienna to investigate an acid attack on a rising American prima ballerina, and Smitty gets troubling intel. Olivia McCormack, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2023 The honorees are Edith Kanaka‘ole, a native Hawaiian hula teacher; Bessie Coleman, the first Black and first Native American female pilot; Jovita Idár, a Mexican American journalist; First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; and Maria Tallchief, the first Native American prima ballerina. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 And for her role in the ballet film Joika, Diane was guest teaching ballet classes in New York alongside a Russian teacher and former prima ballerina. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 Premiering in 2010, Black Swan starred Natalie Portman as a prima ballerina driven to self-destructive extremes by her ambition and pursuit of perfection. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, leading ballerina

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prima ballerina was in 1864

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“Prima ballerina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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