Ballet Definition

bă-lā, bălā
A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
American Heritage
An artistic dance form based on an elaborate formal technique, characterized by gestures and movements of grace, precision, and fluidity.
Webster's New World
A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
American Heritage
A theatrical presentation of ballet dancing performed to music and presenting a story, idea, or mood, usually with costumes and scenery.
Webster's New World
A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
American Heritage

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Origin of Ballet

  • French from Italian balletto diminutive of ballo dance from ballare to dance ballerina

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

  • From French ballet, from Italian balletto (“short dance, ballet”), diminutive form of ballo (“ball”).

    From Wiktionary

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