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Definitions for ballet
bæˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪbal·let

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballet, concert dancenoun

    a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers

  2. balletnoun

    music written for a ballet


  1. balletnoun

    A classical form of dance.

  2. balletnoun

    A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story.

  3. Etymology: From ballet, from balletto, diminutive form of ballo.


  1. Ballet

    Ballet (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread and highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. Ballet has been influential globally and has defined the foundational techniques which are used in many other dance genres and cultures. Various schools around the world have incorporated their own cultures. As a result ballet has evolved in distinct ways. A ballet as a unified work comprises the choreography and music for a ballet production. Ballets are choreographed and performed by trained ballet dancers. Traditional classical ballets are usually performed with classical music accompaniment and using elaborate costumes and staging, whereas modern ballets are often performed in simple costumes and without elaborate sets or scenery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balletnoun

    an artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Sometimes, a scene accompanied by pantomime and dancing

  2. Balletnoun

    the company of persons who perform the ballet

  3. Balletnoun

    a light part song, or madrigal, with a fa la burden or chorus, -- most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers

  4. Balletnoun

    a bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color


  1. Ballet

    Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Stylistic variations have emerged and evolved since the Italian Renaissance. Early variations are primarily associated with geographic origin. Examples of this are Russian ballet, French ballet, and Italian ballet. Later variations include contemporary ballet and neoclassical ballet. Perhaps the most widely known and performed ballet style is late Romantic ballet, which is a classical style that focuses on female dancers and features pointe work, flowing and precise acrobatic movements, and often presents the female dancers in traditional, short white French tutus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ballet

    bal′lā, n. a theatrical exhibition composed of dancing, posturing, and pantomimic action: (obs.) a dance. [Fr.; dim. of bal, a dance.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ballet

    A form of dance.

    Ballet is so elegant and beautiful to watch.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Ballet

    Expresses the French diminutive of bal, a dance. See “Ball.”

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ballet' in Nouns Frequency: #2344

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ballet in a Sentence

  1. Tom Whitmeyer:

    Liquid hydrogen is at a negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit( negative 268 degrees Celsius), liquid oxygen is negative 273( negative 169 degrees Celsius), so it's very cold substances, i used to participate in this back in the shuttle program, and it's like watching a ballet. You've got pressure, volume and temperature. And you're really kind of working all those parameters to have a successful tanking operation.

  2. Marina Kondratyeva:

    The leading dancer of our troupe ... made an incredible impression on London audiences, they didn’t know what our ballet was like. They didn’t know anything about us – there was the Iron Curtain and then the Iron Curtain opened and we arrived.

  3. Ekaterina Kozlova:

    We are both physically and emotionally exhausted, everyone in the ballet is worried about their families, loved ones, friends, colleagues at home. It’s been very difficult.

  4. Pacfique Niyomwungeri:

    I never saw ballet before. It was the first time I saw people turn on their toes.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    As a heterosexual ballet dancer, you develop a thick skin.

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