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entrechat

[French ahn-truh-sha]
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noun, plural en·tre·chats [French ahn-truh-sha] /French ɑ̃ trəˈʃa/. Ballet.
  1. a jump in which the dancer crosses the feet a number of times while in the air.
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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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Historical Examples

  • She was past-mistress of the entrechat and other mysteries of the ballet academy.

    Interpreters

    Carl Van Vechten

  • But the curtain rose on the ballet, and the first entrechat electrified them.


British Dictionary definitions for entrechat

entrechat

noun
  1. a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together
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Word Origin

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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