[ bat-muhnt; French batuh-mahn ]

noun,plural batte·ments [bat-muhnts; 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

Words Nearby battement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use battement in a sentence

  • 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) /

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

Origin of battement

C19: French, literally: beating

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