[ plee-ey ]
See synonyms for: plies on

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.

Origin of plié

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

Words Nearby plié Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plié in a sentence

  • Sa solidité vient de sa souplesse; elle plie et ne rompt pas.

  • 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 plié


/ (ˈpliːeɪ) /

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

Origin of plié

French: bent, from plier to bend

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