pirouette

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See also: Pirouette and pirouetté

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pirouette, see there for more; attested since 1706.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɪ.ɹʊˈɛt/, /ˌpɪ.ɹuːˈɛt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɪ.ɹəˈwɛt/, /ˌpɪ.ɹuːˈɛt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Noun[edit]

pirouette (plural pirouettes)

  1. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing, primarily in ballet.
  2. The whirling about of a horse.

Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

pirouette (third-person singular simple present pirouettes, present participle pirouetting, simple past and past participle pirouetted)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a pirouette; to whirl on the toes, like a dancer.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VIII:
      I came down like a sack of coals. The pulse was rapid, the blood pressure high, and for awhile the Blue Room pirouetted about me like an adagio dancer.

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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “pirouette”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pirouette, see there for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌpi.ruˈɛ.tə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pi‧rou‧et‧te
  • Rhymes: -ɛtə

Noun[edit]

pirouette f (plural pirouettes or pirouetten)

  1. pirouette

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From a Gallo-Roman root *pir- („peg, plug“, hence Italian piruolo (peg top)) and -ette (diminutive suffix). The word originally meant a “spinning top” (15th century).[1]

Noun[edit]

pirouette f (plural pirouettes)

  1. a whirling or turning on the toes in dancing
  2. (sports, equestrians) a whirling volt movement made by a horse
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

pirouette

  1. inflection of pirouetter:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “pirouette”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.