[ dem-ee-plee-ey; French duh-mee-plee-ey ]
/ ˌdɛm i pliˈeɪ; French də mi pliˈeɪ /

noun, plural dem·i-pli·és [dem-ee-plee-eyz; French duh-mee-plee-ey] /ˌdɛm i pliˈeɪz; French də mi pliˈeɪ/. Ballet.

a movement done in any of the five positions, in which the dancer bends the knees halfway, keeping the heels securely on the ground.

Origin of demi-plié

< French: literally, half-plié; see demi-, plié Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019