[ rel-uh-vey; French ruh luh-vey ]
/ ˌrɛl əˈveɪ; French rələˈveɪ /

noun Ballet.

a rising up onto full point or half point from the flat of the feet.

Origin of relevé

1925–30; < French: literally, raised, past participle of relever; see relieve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for releve



1825 as a dish; 1930 in ballet, from French relevé, 19th century verbal noun from past participle of relever (see relieve), so, literally "raised up."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper