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noun, plural chaî·nés [she-neyz; French she-ney] /ʃɛˈneɪz; French ʃɛˈneɪ/. Ballet.
  1. a series of short, usually rapid, turns performed in a straight line across the stage.
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Origin of chaîné

1945–50; < French, noun use of past participle of chaîner to chain
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Historical Examples

  • Then Mahoudeau vented his rage against that brute of a Chaine!

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Chaine's face became radiant, and he dropped the remark: 'Of course!'

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • So that, if God should not chaine him up, as it is set forth, Revel.

  • One had the head of a Wolfe hanging in a chaine for a Iewell.

    The Colonial Cavalier

    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • Oh that I, like Gerard, had a "chaine des dames" to pull up by.