ballet[ba lā′, bal′ā]
A ballet dancer.
- The definition of ballet is a form of dance that is graceful and flowing, or a theatrical presentation of ballet dancing.
- An example of someone who dances in the form of ballet is Mikhail Baryshnikov.
- An example of a ballet is the Nutcracker.
- an artistic dance form based on an elaborate formal technique, characterized by gestures and movements of grace, precision, and fluidity
- a theatrical presentation of ballet dancing performed to music and presenting a story, idea, or mood, usually with costumes and scenery
- the music for such a presentation
- a company of dancers of ballet
Origin of balletFrench ballette ; from Italian balletto, diminutive ; from ballo, a dance: see ball
- A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
- A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
- A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
Origin of balletFrench, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo, dance, from ballare, to dance; see ballerina.
- A classical form of dance.
- A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story.
- The company of persons who perform this dance.
- (music) A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa-la burden or chorus, most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers.
- (heraldry) A bearing in coats of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.