Ballet meaning

bă-lā, bălā
An artistic dance form based on an elaborate formal technique, characterized by gestures and movements of grace, precision, and fluidity.
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(music) A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa-la burden or chorus, most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers.
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A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story.
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The company of persons who perform this dance.
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(heraldry) A bearing in coats of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.
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A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
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A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
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A classical form of dance.
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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.

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A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
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A company of dancers of ballet.
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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