Ecarte Definition

A position in ballet in which the dancer faces one of the front corners of the stage or room and one leg is further forward than the other.
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Origin of Ecarte

  • French apart, spread past participle of écarter to separate, spread from Old French escarter to go apart, distance (oneself) from Vulgar Latin exquārtāre to divide in four Latin ex- ex- Latin quārtus quarter, fourth kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

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

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