posé

[ poh-zey; French paw-zey ]
/ poʊˈzeɪ; French pɔˈzeɪ /

noun, plural po·sés [poh-zeyz; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪz; French pɔˈzeɪ/. Ballet.

a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.

Origin of posé

1925–30; < French: poised, past participle of poser to pose; see pose1
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British Dictionary definitions for posé (1 of 2)

pose1
/ (pəʊz) /

verb

to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
(intr often foll by as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
(intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
(tr) to put forward, ask, or assertto pose a question

noun

a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect

Word Origin for pose

C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)

British Dictionary definitions for posé (2 of 2)

pose2
/ (pəʊz) /

verb (tr)

rare to puzzle or baffle
archaic to question closely

Word Origin for pose

C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose
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