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noun, plural pli·és [plee-eyz; French plee-ey] /pliˈeɪz; French pliˈeɪ/. Ballet.
  1. a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.
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Origin of plié

1890–95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2
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  • 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


  1. a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
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Word Origin

French: bent, from plier to bend
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Word Origin and History for plie


in ballet, 1892, from French plié, from plier literally "to bend," from Old French ploier (see ply (n.)).

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