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battement

[bat-muh nt; French batuh-mahn]
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noun, plural batte·ments [bat-muh nts; French batuh-mahn] /ˈbæt mənts; French batəˈmɑ̃/. Ballet.
  1. a movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.

Origin of battement

1820–30; < French, equivalent to batt(re) to beat (see bate2) + -ment -ment
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Examples from the Web for battement

Historical Examples

  • Every 'bar' of the music is called either a 'battement' of the drum, or a 'mesure' of the chanson.

    Shakespeare and Music

    Edward W. Naylor


British Dictionary definitions for battement

battement

noun
  1. ballet extension of one leg forwards, sideways, or backwards, either once or repeatedly

Word Origin

C19: French, literally: beating
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