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ballet (ˈbæleɪ Pronunciation for ballet ; bæˈleɪ Pronunciation for ballet



    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 Pronunciation for balletic  adjective

Word Origin

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

Translations for 'ballet'

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

Example Sentences Including 'ballet'

'I lasted just two weeks at ballet - the girls were all dead skinny, stick insects.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
And perhaps no ballet more so than Swan Lake, a love story between a prince and a swan.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He adored showing it off to all his friends in the ballet company.
Melville, Anne The Hardie Inheritance
His wife, who was a ballet dancer, asked him to invent a system for annotating dance steps.
Kando, Juliette The Natural Face Book
I said I'd like some small talk about poetry and ballet first.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
In retirement he produced opera and ballet for commercial videos, and enjoyed ice skating.
British Medical Journal (2002)
Mr Boswell said ballet management had failed to explain what its contemporary dance plans mean.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Oh, we had all the requisite subscriptions: symphony, ballet , opera.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
With touring drying up, galas are practically the only way to enjoy international ballet superstars.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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