Ballerina definition

bălə-rēnə
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A principal woman dancer in a ballet company.
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A ballet dancer who is a woman or a girl.
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A girl or woman ballet dancer.
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A female ballet dancer.
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The star female ballet performer in the company.
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(less common, sometimes derogatory) A male ballet dancer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ballerina
Plural:
ballerinas

Origin of ballerina

  • Italian from ballare to dance from Late Latin ballāre from Greek ballizein ball2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Italian ballerina.

    From Wiktionary