A jump in ballet during which the dancer crosses the legs a number of times, alternately back and forth.
[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; see in-2) + treccia, tress; see tress.]
(Ballet) a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together
[C18: from French, from earlier entrechase, changed by folk etymology from Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally: entwined (caper), from intrecciare to interlace, from in-2 + treccia tress]
en•tre•chat(Fr. ɑ̃ trəˈʃa)
n., pl. -chats (Fr. -ˈʃa)
a ballet jump in which the dancer crosses the feet repeatedly while in the air.
[1765–75; < French, alter. of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intwined (caper)]
A jump in fifth in which the legs are crossed and uncrossed at the lower calf. Entrechats are numbered not by the beats but by the number of positions taken by the legs, even numbers land in fifth, odd on one foot. Nijinsky reportedly reached entrechat dix (ten).