- a whirling about on one foot or on the points of the toes, as in ballet dancing.
- Dressage. a complete turn in which the horse uses its hind legs as a pivot.
- to perform a pirouette; whirl, as on the toes.
Origin of pirouette
Examples from the Web for pirouette
A tutu clad Swift refuses to pirouette with her fellow ballerinas, preferring to pelvic thrust like a rebel instead.Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Is Disappointing
August 19, 2014
If you do not know what a pirouette is, you must get some one to explain and pronounce the word for you.
Then, rising, she danced over to her sister, and forced her into a pirouette.The Light of Scarthey
Suddenly May sprang to her feet, clapped her palms together, and began to pirouette.Narcissus
With that she made a pirouette, and in three bounds was out of the room.
The pirouette had the advantage of being understood by the spectators in every land.Acrobats and Mountebanks
Hugues Le Roux
- a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
- (intr) to perform a pirouette
Word Origin and History for pirouette
1706, from French pirouette "spinning top; pirouette in dancing," from Middle French pirouet "spinning top" (15c.), from Gallo-Romance root *pir- "peg, plug" (cf. Italian piruolo "peg top") + diminutive suffix -ette.
1822, from pirouette (n.) and also from French pirouetter. Related: Pirouetted; pirouetting.