ballet

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 ballet: /ˈbæleɪ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
bal•let /bæˈleɪ, ˈbæleɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] a form of theatrical dance that involves formalized movements.
  2. [countable] a theatrical work with ballet dancing, music, and scenery.
  3. Music and Dance[countable] a company of ballet dancers.
bal•let•ic /bæˈlɛtɪk, bə-/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
bal•let  (ba lā, balā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Music and Dancea classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
  2. Music and Dancea theatrical entertainment in which ballet dancing and music, often with scenery and costumes, combine to tell a story, establish an emotional atmosphere, etc.
  3. Music and Dancean interlude of ballet in an operatic performance.
  4. Music and Dancea company of ballet dancers.
  5. Music and Dancethe musical score for a ballet:the brilliant ballets of Tchaikovsky.
  6. Music and Dancea dance or balletlike performance:an ice-skating ballet.
bal•let•ic  (ba letik, bə-),USA pronunciation adj.  bal•leti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Italian balletto, equivalent. to ball(o) ball2 + -etto -et
  • French, Middle French
  • 1660–70;


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ballet /ˈbæleɪ; bæˈleɪ/ n
  1. a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
  2. a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
  3. a troupe of ballet dancers
  4. a piece of music written for a ballet
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian balletto literally: a little dance, from ballare to dance; see ball²

balletic /bæˈlɛtɪk/ adj



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