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ballet (ˈbæleɪ ; bæˈleɪ



    1. a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒  ■ ballet dancer
  1. a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
  2. a troupe of ballet dancers
  3. a piece of music written for a ballet

Derived Forms

balletic (bæˈlɛtɪk   adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian balletto literally: a little dance, from ballare to dance; see ball2

Translations for 'ballet'

  • British English: ballet Ballet is a type of artistic dancing with carefully planned movements.She is also keen on the ballet.ˈbæleɪ; bæˈleɪ NOUN
  • Arabic: باليه
  • Brazilian Portuguese: balé
  • Chinese: 芭蕾
  • Croatian: balet
  • Czech: balet
  • Danish: ballet
  • Dutch: ballet
  • European Spanish: ballet
  • Finnish: baletti
  • French: ballet
  • German: Ballett
  • Greek: μπαλέτο
  • Italian: danza classica
  • Japanese: バレエ
  • Korean: 발레
  • Norwegian: ballett
  • Polish: balet
  • Portuguese: ballet
  • Romanian: balet
  • Russian: балет
  • Spanish: ballet
  • Swedish: balett
  • Thai: ระบำปลายเท้า
  • Turkish: bale
  • Ukrainian: балет
  • Vietnamese: ba lê

Example Sentences Including 'ballet'

I said I'd like some small talk about poetry and ballet first.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
He adored showing it off to all his friends in the ballet company.
Melville, Anne The Hardie Inheritance
Oh, we had all the requisite subscriptions: symphony, ballet , opera.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)


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