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[zhuh-tey] /ʒəˈteɪ/
noun, plural jetés
[zhuh-teyz; French zhuh-tey] /ʒəˈteɪz; French ʒəˈteɪ/ (Show IPA).
a jump forward, backward, or to the side, from one foot to the other.
Origin of jeté
1820-30; < French: literally, thrown, past participle of jeter to throw; see jet1 Unabridged
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  • I had seen him once or twice before, in the street and on the jete.

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  • In the afternoon she drove out, alighted at the jete, paid her visits.

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  • He was polite but kept a courteous distance when he joined the two ladies for a moment in the gardens or on the jete.

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  • Next day, when she was sitting with Mrs. Uxeley and a couple of friends on the jete, she seemed to see the same thing again.

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British Dictionary definitions for jete


(ballet) a step in which the dancer springs from one leg and lands on the other
Word Origin
French, literally: thrown, from jeter; see jet1
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Word Origin and History for jete

ballet step, 1830, from French (pas) jeté, from past participle of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

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