[ fwe-tey ]
/ fwɛˈteɪ /

noun, plural fouet·tés [fwe-teyz; French fwe-tey] /fwɛˈteɪz; French fwɛˈteɪ/. Ballet.

a whipping movement of the free leg, often executed during a turn.

Origin of fouetté

1820–30; < French, past participle of fouetter to whip Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fouette


/ French (fwete) /


a step in ballet in which the dancer stands on one foot and makes a whiplike movement with the other

Word Origin for fouetté

C19: French, past participle of fouetter to whip, from fouet a whip
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