corps de ballet

[ kawr duh ba-ley, bal-ey; French kawr duh ba-le ]
/ ˌkɔr də bæˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪ; French kɔr də baˈlɛ /


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

Origin of corps de ballet

From French, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at corps, ballet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for corps de ballet

corps de ballet
/ (ˈkɔː də ˈbæleɪ, French kɔr də balɛ) /


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