[bat-muh nt; French batuh-mahn]

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.

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

Historical Examples of 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



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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