- a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
- a theatrical entertainment in which ballet dancing and music, often with scenery and costumes, combine to tell a story, establish an emotional atmosphere, etc.
- an interlude of ballet in an operatic performance.
- a company of ballet dancers.
- the musical score for a ballet: the brilliant ballets of Tchaikovsky.
- a dance or balletlike performance: an ice-skating ballet.
Origin of ballet
Examples from the Web for ballet
Monir is not interested in classic dances like tango or ballet.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
When I studied in London back in 2005, I actually saw the ballet, too.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
But she was forced to drop it at 11 to focus all her energy on ballet.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
He noted that she had enrolled her son in a music and art high school, where he studied acting and ballet.Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed
June 22, 2014
Mina established a ballet school that serves Orthodox Jewish girls.Challenging Religious Tradition for the Love of God — and the Love of Dance
June 16, 2014
The ballet's good, the scenery is splendid, and the music might be worse.
I have given the necessary orders to the cook for you, and for the ballet.The Middle Class Gentleman
The ballet at Reisenburg was not merely a vehicle for the display of dancing.
For instance, suppose the story of Othello the subject of the ballet.
The novice hardly believes his eyes: the ballet dancer is also a man.The Sexual Question
- a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
- (as modifier)ballet dancer
- a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
- a troupe of ballet dancers
- a piece of music written for a ballet
Word Origin and History for ballet
1660s, from French ballette from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo "a dance" (see ball (n.2)). Balletomane attested by 1930.
Theatrical entertainment in which dancers, usually accompanied by music, tell a story or express a mood through their movements. The technique of ballet is elaborate and requires many years of training. Two classical ballets are Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Two great modern ballets are The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, and Fancy Free, by Leonard Bernstein.