entrechat

[ French ahn-truh-sha ]
/ French ɑ̃ trəˈʃa /
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noun, plural en·tre·chats [French ahn-truh-sha] /French ɑ̃ trəˈʃa/. Ballet.

a jump in which the dancer crosses the feet a number of times while in the air.

Nearby words

  1. entre-,
  2. entre-deux-mers,
  3. entreasure,
  4. entreat,
  5. entreaty,
  6. entrecôte,
  7. entree,
  8. entrelac,
  9. entremets,
  10. entrench

Origin of entrechat

1765–75; < French, alteration of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intwined (caper), equivalent to in- in-2 + trecci- tress + -ata -ate1

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entrechat

/ (French ɑ̃trəʃa) /

noun

a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together

Word Origin for entrechat

C18: from French, from earlier entrechase, changed by folk etymology from Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally: entwined (caper), from intrecciare to interlace, from in- ² + treccia tress

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