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 Gone are the days of water ballet. Brian Munoz, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 Herman has legendary boat-handling skills and practices water ballet in his canoe. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 23 May 2017 Each splash created a water ballet choreographed by the forces of nature. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Luckily, the height limitations didn't take away from one of the most dazzling shots in the whole scene: the Busby Berkeley-esque water ballet starring Vanessa. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 18 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water ballet was in 1926

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“Water ballet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20ballet. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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