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ˌpɪr uˈɛtpirou·ette

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pirouetteverb

    (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)

  2. pirouetteverb

    do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance


  1. pirouettenoun

    A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing, primarily in ballet.

  2. pirouettenoun

    The whirling about of a horse.

  3. pirouetteverb

    To perform a pirouette; to whirl on the toes, like a dancer.


  1. pirouette

    In dance and gymnastics, a turn is a rotation of the body about the vertical axis. It is usually a complete rotation of the body, although quarter (90°) and half (180°) turns are possible for some types of turns. Multiple, consecutive turns are typically named according to the number of 360° rotations (e.g., double or triple turn). There are many types of turns, which are differentiated by a number of factors. The performer may be supported by one or both legs or be airborne during a turn. When supported by one leg, that leg is known as the supporting leg and the other as the free, raised, or working leg. During airborne turns, the first leg to leave the floor is the leading leg. Trunk, arm and head positions can vary, and in turns with one supporting leg, the free leg may be straight or bent. Turns can begin in various ways as well. For example, ballet turns may begin by rising to relevé (supported on the ball of the foot) or by stepping directly onto relevé. Some turns can be executed in either of two directions. In ballet, a turn in the direction of the raised leg is said to be en dehors whereas a turn in the opposite direction is en dedans. In ballroom dancing, a natural turn is a clockwise revolution of dance partners around each other, and its mirrored counterpart is the counter-clockwise reverse turn. In some dance genres and dance notation systems (e.g., Labanotation), a turn in which the performer rotates without traveling is known as a pivot. Pivots may be performed on one or on both feet; the latter is sometimes called a twist turn.


  1. pirouette

    A pirouette is a type of dance move where a person spins around one leg while the other leg is typically shaped in a knee-bend. It is commonly used in ballet and other forms of dance. The term is also used to describe similar moves in gymnastics and figure skating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pirouettenoun

    a whirling or turning on the toes in dancing

  2. Pirouettenoun

    the whirling about of a horse

  3. Pirouetteverb

    to perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer

  4. Etymology: [F.; of uncertain origin.]


  1. Pirouette

    A Pirouette is a French word for the Ballet reference, "to whirl about." A pirouette is a two-track lateral movement asked of a horse in dressage, in which the animal makes a circle with its front end around a smaller circle made by the hind end. Specifically, the front legs and outside hind leg should travel around the inside hind leg, with the horse remaining slightly bent in the direction of travel. From the part of the rider it needs "much practice in collecting and balancing the horse and in using the aids correctly." The horse may perform the movement at the walk or canter, although the pirouette at the walk is more commonly called the turn on the haunches. It "can also be executed at piaffe." As in all dressage, the horse should remain relaxed, engaged, and responsive, with the poll as the highest point. Ideally, the pirouette will be almost in-place, although many horses perform a slightly larger pirouette. A pirouette may be performed either as a 360-degree turn, 270 degrees, or 180-degrees. Some dressage tests call for two full pirouettes in a row.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pirouette

    pir-ōō-et′, n. a wheeling about, esp. in dancing: the whirling round of a horse on the same ground.—v.i. to execute a pirouette. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pirouette in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pirouette in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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