noun, plural pointes [French pwant] /French pwɛ̃t/. Ballet.
the tip of the toe.
a position on the extreme tips of the toes.
on/en pointe, supporting one’s body weight on the extreme tips of the toes:dancing on pointe.Also on/en pointes.
Origin of pointe
1820–30; < French: pointe (du pied) “tiptoe,” literally, “extremity of the foot”
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ballet the tip of the toe (esp in the phrase on pointes)
Word Origin for pointe
from French: point
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in dance, 1830, from French pointe (see point (n.)).
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