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pirouette

[ pir-oo-et ]
/ ˌpɪr uˈɛt /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object), pir·ou·et·ted, pir·ou·et·ting.
to perform a pirouette; whirl, as on the toes.
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Origin of pirouette

1700–10; <French: a whirl, top, feminine of Middle French pirouet, equivalent to pirou- (cognate with Italian pirolo, diminutive of piro peg) + -et-et
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British Dictionary definitions for pirouette

pirouette
/ (ˌpɪrʊˈɛt) /

noun
a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
verb
(intr) to perform a pirouette

Word Origin for pirouette

C18: from French, from Old French pirouet spinning top; related to Italian pirolo little peg
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