Entrechat meaning

ŏntrə-shä
A jump in ballet during which the dancer crosses the legs a number of times, alternately back and forth.
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A leap straight upward during which the dancer crosses the legs and beats the calves together a number of times.
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(dance) A manoeuvre whereby the performer jumps up and strikes the heels together a number of times.
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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