- the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant.
Origin of ballon
1820–30; < French: literally, balloon
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Examples from the Web for ballon
“Taking 20 pages of a book not released yet is less likely to be deemed fair use,” Ballon said.The Legal Brawl Over Palin's Book
November 22, 2010
This is no doubt what is technically known as a ballon d'essai.
In the autumn of 1916 the newspapers put forth a ballon d'essai.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
From Belfort to Ballon d'Alsace there is a rise of some four thousand feet.Winged Wheels in France
Michael Myers Shoemaker
That was a ballon d'essai, as they call it, and they think it was a very happy one.Royal Highness
The drink I took went into my head, and I felt as though I was going up in a ballon.Outward Bound
Word Origin and History for ballon
"smoothness in dancing, lightness of step," 1830, from French ballon, literally "balloon" (see balloon (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper