- 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
Related Words for pirouettingorbiting, whirling, spinning, whirl, swivel, twist, twirl, pivot, revolve, spin, swim, rotate, spiral, turn, reel, cut, swing, pass, gyrate, trundle
Examples from the Web for pirouetting
Historical Examples of pirouetting
"No more did I," said Elsie, trying in vain to get away from her pirouetting husband.In the High Valley
Saturnine faces were wreathed in smiles worthy of a pirouetting dancer.The Magic Skin
Honore de Balzac
“And set him pirouetting, Sire,” sardonically suggested James.Mistress Nell
George C. Hazelton, Jr.
"Doesn't it look nice," she cried, pirouetting before the glass.
Irene stood still suddenly in the middle of her pirouetting.
- a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
- (intr) to perform a pirouette
Word Origin 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.