[ bat-muh nt; French batuh-mahn ]
/ ˈbæt mənt; French batəˈmɑ̃ /

noun, plural batte·ments [bat-muh nts; French batuh-mahn] /ˈbæt mənts; French batəˈmɑ̃/. Ballet.

a movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side, or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.

Nearby words

  1. battalion,
  2. battani,
  3. batteau,
  4. battel,
  5. battels,
  6. batten,
  7. batten down the hatches,
  8. batten plate,
  9. batten's disease,
  10. batten-mayou disease

Origin of battement

1820–30; < French, equivalent to batt(re) to beat (see bate2) + -ment -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for battement

  • 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


/ (French batmɑ̃) /


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

Word Origin for battement

C19: French, literally: beating

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