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[French pwant]
noun, plural pointes [French pwant] /French pwɛ̃t/. Ballet.
  1. the tip of the toe.
  2. a position on the extreme tips of the toes.
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  1. on/en pointe, supporting one’s body weight on the extreme tips of the toes:dancing on pointe.Also on/en pointes.
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Origin of pointe

1820–30; < French: pointe (du pied) “tiptoe,” literally, “extremity of the foot”
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British Dictionary definitions for pointe


  1. ballet the tip of the toe (esp in the phrase on pointes)
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Word Origin

from French: point
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Word Origin and History for pointe


in dance, 1830, from French pointe (see point (n.)).

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