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
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Historical Examples of plie
You have only, when before your glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini-pimini—the lips cannot fail taking their plie.The Heiress;
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
in ballet, 1892, from French plié, from plier literally "to bend," from Old French ploier (see ply (n.)).
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