- 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)
from French: point
Word Origin and History for en pointe
in dance, 1830, from French pointe (see point (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper