[ plee-ey ]
/ pliˈeɪ /
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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.
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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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How to use plié in a sentence
An odd feature of the church is the little shop built in the base of the tower, where a tobacconist now plies his trade.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Again the man stops at my door, his head turning right and left, the while he diligently plies the duster.
His back turned toward me, head bent, he hurriedly plies the broom with the quick, short stroke of the one-armed sweeper.
He's as gleg as M'Keachen's elshin, that ran through sax plies o' bend-leather into the king's heel.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
From Portland to Salem the capital city, a steamer plies the fifty miles of waterway.The Road of a Thousand Wonders|Passenger Dept. Southern Pacific Co
British Dictionary definitions for plié
/ (ˈpliːeɪ) /
a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
Word Origin for plié
French: bent, from plier to bend
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