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noun, plural ci·seaux [see-zohz, -zoh] /siˈzoʊz, -ˈzoʊ/. Ballet.
  1. a jump in which the dancer's legs are opened wide in the air and closed on landing.
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Origin of ciseaux

1890–95; < French: literally, scissors
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Examples from the Web for ciseaux

Historical Examples

  • "Brossard has been sent away from the Ciseaux place," she said.

    The Gate of the Giant Scissors

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Fidelia acted very well until we went over to the Ciseaux place.

    The Little Colonel's Hero

    Annie Fellows Johnston

Word Origin and History for ciseaux


1892 in dance, French (plural), literally "scissors" (see scissors).

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