écarté(redirected from ecarte)
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A position in ballet in which the dancer faces one of the front corners of the stage or room and one leg is further forward than the other.
[French, apart, spread, past participle of écarter, to separate, spread, from Old French escarter, to go apart, distance (oneself), from Vulgar Latin *exquārtāre, to divide in four : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin quārtus, quarter, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]
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écarté(eɪˈkɑːteɪ; French ekarte)
1. (Card Games) a card game for two, played with 32 cards and king high
2. (Ballet) ballet
a. a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body
b. (as adjective): the écarté position.
[C19: from French, from écarter to discard, from carte card1]
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