Origin of ballerinaItalian ; from ballare: see ball
- A principal woman dancer in a ballet company.
- A ballet dancer who is a woman or a girl.
Origin of ballerinaItalian, from ballare, to dance, from Late Latin ballare, from Greek ballizein; see ball2.
Although normally used to refer only to females, it can be used of males although this is sometimes done so derogatorily. danseur or ballet dancer is the normal term for men.
Borrowed from Italian ballerina.