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See also: jetë and jeté



Borrowed from French jeté.



jete (plural jetes)

  1. (ballet) A leap from one foot to the other in which one leg appears to be "thrown" in the direction of the movement.
    • 1990 April 13, Laura Molzahn, “Priestly Perversions”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Finally one of the first three breaks through the barrier, but instead of a jete, he takes an incredible headfirst dive and slides along the floor.
    • 1990 August 24, Effie Mihopoulos, “American Jazz Dance World Congress '90”, in Chicago Reader[2]:
      While some of the choreography was too obvious, there were stunning visual images throughout, such as Michelangelo (Paul A. Brown) being lifted in a wide jete on the arms and shoulders of a few dancers while the rest of the crowd reached imploring arms up to him.
    • 1991 March 1, Cerinda Survant, “American Ballet Theatre”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      The men quickly lower their partners from a supported jete to lying flat on the floor with no apparent landing or transition; they swing them around the floor, spinning the women in splits, then on their knees.


Haitian Creole[edit]


From French jeter (throw away)



  1. throw away, discard