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[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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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


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

Word Origin

C19: French, literally: beating
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