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ballon

or ba·lon

[French ba-lawn]
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noun Ballet.
  1. the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant.
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Origin of ballon

1820–30; < French: literally, balloon
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n.

"smoothness in dancing, lightness of step," 1830, from French ballon, literally "balloon" (see balloon (n.)).

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