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[rel-uh-vey; French ruh luh-vey]
noun Ballet.
  1. a rising up onto full point or half point from the flat of the feet.
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Origin of relevé

1925–30; < French: literally, raised, past participle of relever; see relieve
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  • And so on with the entremets, and hors d'oeuvres, and the rotis, and the releves.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins's

    William Makepeace Thackeray

Word Origin and History for releves



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."

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