ballet

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English[edit]

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A photograph: one person wearing a dress (left) and a person wearing clothes (right)
A pas de deux of a production of the ballet Don Quixote.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French ballet, from Italian balletto (short dance, ballet), diminutive form of ballo (ball).

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Noun[edit]

ballet (countable and uncountable, plural ballets)

  1. A classical form of dance.
  2. A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of a story.
  3. The company of persons who perform this dance.
  4. (music) A light part song, frequently with a fa-la-la chorus, common among Elizabethan and Italian Renaissance composers.
  5. (heraldry) A bearing in coats of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.
  6. (figuratively) Any intricate series of operations involving coordination between individuals.
    • 1990, Historic Preservation: Quarterly of the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings (volumes 42-43)
      Food preparation on a potager no doubt became a kitchen ballet in which pans were constantly shifted, coals constantly replenished, and grates shaken out.
    • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things
      Henry Payton joined Alan on the sidelines during the conclusion of the oddly delicate ballet known as On-Scene Investigation.

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Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

ballet (third-person singular simple present ballets, present participle balleting, simple past and past participle balleted)

  1. To perform an action reminiscent of ballet dancing.
    • 2014 Rutherford's Vascular Surgery E-Book - Page 1340
      Situations that typically require longer iliac limbs than the measurements suggest include extreme iliac tortuosity, “balleting” of the limbs (Endurant and Excluder) (Fig. 90-3), and the need to extend to the external iliac arteries. It these anatomic circumstances, it is prudent to choose a longer length when in doubt.
    • 2016 Jacob Russell Dring, "Endless the Chase"
      Unfortunately, he could only sustain so much abuse. Footfalls approached. Kanoa's lips smacked and his jaw hung open. His eyelids fluttered, their underlying gaze balleting without clarity. He felt beyond sick, and his world spun immensely. A garbled voice of incoherency seemed to be his only link to this realm of consciousness.
    • 2017 Num Nums "A Total Bust a Move" The ZhuZhus
      Frankie's obviously going to ballet her way to the trophy.

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Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballet m (plural ballets)

  1. ballet

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Chavacano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English ballet, from French ballet, from Italian balletto (short dance, ballet), diminutive form of ballo (ball).

Noun[edit]

ballet

  1. ballet (dance tradition and style)

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Either from French ballet or directly from Italian balletto, the diminutive form of ballo (dance, ball).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /balɛt/, [b̥aˈlɛd̥]

Noun[edit]

ballet c (singular definite balletten, plural indefinite balletter)

  1. ballet

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Greenlandic: balletti

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian balletto.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballet m (plural ballets)

  1. ballet

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German[edit]

Verb[edit]

ballet

  1. Second-person plural subjunctive I of ballen.

Northern Sami[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈpalleh(t)/

Verb[edit]

ballet

  1. inflection of ballat:
    1. third-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person singular past indicative
    3. second-person plural imperative

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballet n

  1. definite singular of ball (Etymology 2)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballet n

  1. definite singular of ball (Etymology 2)

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballet m (uncountable)

  1. ballet