WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
bal•let /bæˈleɪ, ˈbæleɪ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
bal•let•ic /bæˈlɛtɪk, bə-/USA pronunciation adj.
- [uncountable] a form of theatrical dance that involves formalized movements.
- [countable] a theatrical work with ballet dancing, music, and scenery.
- Music and Dance[countable] a company of ballet dancers.
(ba lā′, bal′ā),USA pronunciation n.
(ba let′ik, bə-),USA pronunciation adj.
- 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.
- 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.
- Music and Dancean interlude of ballet in an operatic performance.
- Music and Dancea company of ballet dancers.
- Music and Dancethe musical score for a ballet:the brilliant ballets of Tchaikovsky.
- Music and Dancea dance or balletlike performance:an ice-skating ballet.
- Italian balletto, equivalent. to ball(o) ball2 + -etto -et
- French, Middle French
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ballet /ˈbæleɪ; bæˈleɪ/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian balletto literally: a little dance, from ballare to dance; see ball²balletic /bæˈlɛtɪk/ adj
- a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
- a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
- a troupe of ballet dancers
- a piece of music written for a ballet
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