water ballet

noun

Definition of water ballet

: a synchronized sequence of movements performed by a group of swimmers

Examples of water ballet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series, however, is an artful balance of real-life problems, absurdly funny situations, emotional depth and the occasional syncopated dance number or water ballet. Los Angeles Times, "‘Claws,’ the full-figured, working-class answer to ‘Big Little Lies’," 23 July 2019 Jacquie always had more energy than any two people, playing tennis and canasta, swimming and painting as a young working mother, and filling her later years with ceramics, water ballet, ushering, and bridge. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/24," 24 Feb. 2018 Some prefer funerals, some prefer having their ashes scattered, but local artist Briar Bates chose a different way to commemorate her death — instructing her friends to perform a water ballet in the wading pool at Volunteer Park. seattletimes.com, "Photo & Video," 8 Sep. 2017 On the tougher end of the scale is a gorgeous Esther Williams–style water ballet, performed by rubber ducks, whales, and a windup frog, as conducted by an infant who’s been left alone in the tub. Matthew Dessem, Slate Magazine, "Annapurna’s First Video Game Plays Like a Short-Story Collection," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of water ballet

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Water ballet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20ballet. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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