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bal·let

 (bă-lā′, băl′ā′)
n.
1. A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
2. A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
3. A musical composition written or used for this dance form.

[French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo, dance, from ballare, to dance; see ballerina.]

bal·let′ic (bă-lĕt′ĭk) adj.

ballet

(ˈbæleɪ; bæˈleɪ)
n
1. (Ballet)
a. a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
b. (as modifier): ballet dancer.
2. (Ballet) a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
3. (Ballet) a troupe of ballet dancers
4. (Classical Music) a piece of music written for a ballet
[C17: from French, from Italian balletto literally: a little dance, from ballare to dance; see ball2]
balletic adj

bal•let

(bæˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪ)

n.
1. theatrical dance characterized by graceful, balanced movements with fully extended limbs, initiated from a restricted set of body positions.
2. a theatrical work incorporating ballet dancing, music, and scenery to tell a story or convey a thematic atmosphere.
3. a company of ballet dancers.
[1660–70; < French, Middle French < Italian balletto]
bal•let•ic (bæˈlɛt ɪk, bə-) adj.
bal•let′i•cal•ly, adv.

ballet

A form of dance with unique traditions and techniques. It has been defined as a synthesis of arts: dancing, drama, music and decor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballet - a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancersballet - a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
pas - (ballet) a step in dancing (especially in classical ballet)
pirouette - (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
choreography, stage dancing - a show involving artistic dancing
pas seul, variation - (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
pas de deux, duet - (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
pas de trois - (ballet) a dance for three people
pas de quatre - (ballet) a dance for four people
classical ballet - a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
modern ballet - a style of ballet that admits a wider variety of movements
comedy ballet - a ballet that stresses the drama with features of comedy
chasse, sashay - (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
glissade - (ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet
turnout - (ballet) the outward rotation of a dancer's leg from the hip
elevation - (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump; "a dancer of exceptional elevation"
act - a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
2.ballet - music written for a balletballet - music written for a ballet    
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

ballet

noun
Related words
like balletomania
enthusiast balletomane

Ballet steps and terms

abstract or absolute ballet, adagio or adage, allegro, allongé, aplomb, arabesque, assemblé, attitude, balancé, ballerina, ballet blanc, ballet d'action, ballet de cour, ballon, ballonné, ballotté or pas ballotté, battement, batterie, battu, Benesh notation, brisé or pas de brisé, cabriole, Cecchetti method, changement or changement de pieds, chassé or pas de chassé, ciseaux or pas ciseaux, classical ballet, contretemps, cou-de-pied, coupé or pas coupé, croisé, croisé derrière, croisé devant, déboulé, decor, défilé de corps de ballet, dégagé, demi-plié, demi-pointe, détournée, dévelopée or temps dévelopée, ecarté, échappé or pas échappé, emboîté, elevation, enchaînement, en couronne, en dedans, en dehors, en l'air, en pointe, en tire-bouchon, entrechat, entrée de ballet, failli, figurant, foudroyant, fouetté en tournant, gargouillade, glissade, grand écart, grande plié, jeté, ouvert, pas, pas de bourée, pas de bourée couru, pas de chat, pas de deux, pas de sissonne, passé, pirouette, plié, pointe, ports de bras, premier danseur or (fem.) première danceuse, prima ballerina, prima ballerina assoluta, raccourci, relevé, romantic ballet, rond de jambe, sickling, soubresaut, soutenu, Stepanov notation, sur place, temps de cuisse, temps de flèche, temps de poisson, temps levé, temps lié, terre à terre, toe-dance, tombé, tour en l'air, turn-out, variation, Von Laban notation
Translations
باليهرَقْصَةُ أو عَرْض باليهفَنُّ رَقْصِ الباليه
balet
ballet
baletti
balet
balett
ballett
バレエバレエー
발레
baletasbaleto šokėjas
baleta-balets
baletbaletný
balet
balett
ระบำปลายเท้า
ba lê

ballet

[ˈbæleɪ]
A. Nballet m
B. CPD ballet dancer Nbailarín/ina m/f (de ballet)
ballet school Nescuela f de ballet
ballet shoes NPLzapatillas fpl de ballet
ballet skirt Nfalda f de bailarina or de ballet

ballet

[ˈbæleɪ]
n
(= performance) → ballet m
We went to a ballet → Nous sommes allés voir un ballet.
(= art) → danse f classique
modif [school, company] → de danse classique; [teacher] → de danse classique
ballet lesson, ballet class → cours m de danse classiqueballet dancer ndanseur/euse m/f classiqueballet shoe nchausson m de danseball game ballgame [ˈbɔːlgeɪm] n
(tennis, cricket, baseball)jeu m de balle; (football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball)jeu m de ballon
(US) (= baseball match) → match m de base-ball
(fig) (= situation, activity) → course f
to be in the ball game → dans la course
to be out of the ball game → être hors course
a new ball game, a different ball game → une (toute) autre histoire, une autre paire de manchesball girl nramasseuse f de balles

ballet

nBallett nt

ballet

:
ballet master
nBallettmeister(in) m(f)
ballet pump, ballet shoe
nBallettschuh m
ballet skirt

ballet

[ˈbæleɪ] n (dance) → balletto; (art) → danza classica

ballet

(ˈbӕlei) , ((American) bӕˈlei) noun
1. a theatrical performance of dancing with set steps and mime, often telling a story. Swan Lake is my favourite ballet.
2. the art of dancing in this way. She is taking lessons in ballet; (also adjective) a ballet class.
ˈballet-dancer noun

ballet

باليه balet ballet Ballett μπαλέτο ballet baletti ballet balet danza classica バレエ 발레 ballet ballett balet balé, ballet балет balett ระบำปลายเท้า bale ba lê 芭蕾
References in classic literature ?
She is fairly introduced into our corps be ballet, and will figure, from time to time, in her turn, with other performers.
Suddenly the dressing-room of La Sorelli, one of the principal dancers, was invaded by half-a-dozen young ladies of the ballet, who had come up from the stage after "dancing" Polyeucte.
They had all full white sleeves of some kind or other, and most of them had big belts with a lot of strips of something fluttering from them like the dresses in a ballet, but of course there were petticoats under them.
On the morrow, nothing was talked of in Paris but the ball which the aldermen of the city were to give to the king and queen, and in which their Majesties were to dance the famous La Merlaison-- the favorite ballet of the king.
The countess, in reply, bowed gracefully to Albert, and extended her hand with cordial kindness to Franz; then, inviting Albert to take the vacant seat beside her, she recommended Franz to take the next best, if he wished to view the ballet, and pointed to the one behind her own chair.
Perhaps you have only seen a ballet rustic, smiling like a merry countryman in crockery, with graceful turns of the haunch and insinuating movements of the head.
So at it he went, in one of the wildest jigs that ever was seen, twisting, turning, and jerking himself in all directions; dancing with his hands, dancing with his body, dancing with his knees, dancing with his feet; describing the most fearful contortions and extravagant evolutions; throwing himself into incredible attitudes; grimacing beyond all belief, and, in fine giving his savage admirers a strange idea of the style of ballet adopted by the deities in the moon.
At last they paused, and a beautiful young woman sprang out of the ranks and began to pirouette in front of us with a grace and vigour which would have put most ballet girls to shame.
They said that Charles Strickland had become infatuated with a French dancer, whom he had first seen in the ballet at the Empire, and had accompanied her to Paris.
All circumstances which, two centuries later, "seemed so ridiculous to the court," as Sauval says, "that they served as a pastime to the king, and as an introduction to the royal ballet of Night, divided into four parts and danced on the theatre of the Petit-Bourbon.
Once a woman came who was a member of the ballet at a famous music-hall.
It was said that some foolish young prince, name unknown, had suddenly come into possession of a gigantic fortune, and had married a French ballet dancer.