Entrechat Definition

A leap straight upward during which the dancer crosses the legs and beats the calves together a number of times.
Webster's New World

Origin of Entrechat

  • French from earlier entrechas alteration (influenced by entre between) (and chasse chase) of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intricate (caper) feminine past participle of intrecciare to intertwine in- in (from Latin in–2) treccia tress tress

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

  • From French entrechat, from Italian (capriola) intrecciata (“interlaced jump”), from in- + treccia (“plait”).

    From Wiktionary

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