[ plee-ey ]
/ pliˈeɪ /

noun, plural pli·és [plee-eyz; French plee-ey] /pliˈeɪz; French pliˈeɪ/. Ballet.

a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.

Origin of plié

1890–95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plie

  • You have only, when before your glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini-pimini—the lips cannot fail taking their plie.

    The Heiress;|John Burgoyne

British Dictionary definitions for plie


/ (ˈpliːeɪ) /


a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent

Word Origin for plié

French: bent, from plier to bend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012