[ fwe-tey ]

noun,plural fouet·tés [fwe-teyz; French fwe-tey]. /fwɛˈteɪz; French fwɛˈteɪ/. Ballet.
  1. a whipping movement of the free leg, often executed during a turn.

Origin of fouetté

1820–30; <French, past participle of fouetter to whip

Words Nearby fouetté Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fouetté in a sentence

  • This Moscovite fouette—upon my word, I have never tasted its equal.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for fouetté


/ French (fwete) /

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

Origin of fouetté

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

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