pointe

[ French pwant ]
/ French pwɛ̃t /

noun, plural pointes [French pwant] /French pwɛ̃t/. Ballet.

the tip of the toe.
a position on the extreme tips of the toes.

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Idioms for pointe

    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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British Dictionary definitions for en pointe

pointe
/ (pɔɪnt) /

noun

ballet the tip of the toe (esp in the phrase on pointes)

Word Origin for pointe

from French: point
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