[ zhuh-tey ]
/ ʒəˈteɪ /

noun, plural je·tés [zhuh-teyz; French zhuh-tey] /ʒəˈteɪz; French ʒəˈteɪ/. Ballet.

a jump forward, backward, or to the side, from one foot to the other.

Origin of jeté

1820–30; < French: literally, thrown, past participle of jeter to throw; see jet1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jete

  • I had seen him once or twice before, in the street and on the Jete.

    The Law Inevitable|Louis Couperus
  • Next day, when she was sitting with Mrs. Uxeley and a couple of friends on the Jete, she seemed to see the same thing again.

    The Law Inevitable|Louis Couperus
  • He was polite but kept a courteous distance when he joined the two ladies for a moment in the gardens or on the Jete.

    The Law Inevitable|Louis Couperus
  • In the afternoon she drove out, alighted at the Jete, paid her visits.

    The Law Inevitable|Louis Couperus

British Dictionary definitions for jete


/ (ʒəˈteɪ) /


ballet a step in which the dancer springs from one leg and lands on the other

Word Origin for jeté

French, literally: thrown, from jeter; see jet 1
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Word Origin and History for jete



ballet step, 1830, from French (pas) jeté, from past participle of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper