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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.
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Origin of corps de ballet

From French, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at corps, ballet
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Examples from the Web for corps de ballet

Historical Examples of corps de ballet

  • They are a corps-de-ballet, for the use of private entertainments.

    The Potiphar Papers

    George William Curtis

  • The corps-de-ballet went for something, therefore, in the appointment.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

  • They are a corps-de-ballet, for use of private entertainments.


British Dictionary definitions for corps de ballet

corps de ballet

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