or ba·lon

[French ba-lawn]

noun Ballet.

the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant.

Origin of ballon

1820–30; < French: literally, balloon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ballon

Contemporary Examples of ballon

  • “Taking 20 pages of a book not released yet is less likely to be deemed fair use,” Ballon said.

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    The Legal Brawl Over Palin's Book

    Shushannah Walshe

    November 22, 2010

Historical Examples of ballon

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