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corps de ballet

[ kawr duh ba-ley, bal-ey; French kawr duh ba-le ]

noun

  1. the dancers in a ballet company who perform as a group and have no solo parts.


corps de ballet

/ ˈkɔː də ˈbæleɪ; kɔr də balɛ /

noun

  1. the members of a ballet company who dance together in a group


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Word History and Origins

Origin of corps de ballet1

From French, dating back to 1820–30; corps, ballet

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Example Sentences

He came back and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Corps de Ballet.

There can be no cheaper corps de ballet, nor any so amusing.

The corps de ballet are not hired for the occasion, but form part of the establishment of our friend the baboo.

Alas for the corps de ballet and the gravity of the audience!

He would not take to the hunting-field, she thought, the boulevard, and the corps de ballet.

Such as an introduction to the nymphs of the corps de ballet; the entré to all the theatres, private gambling-houses, &c., &c.

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