American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
- n. A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
- n. A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
- n. A company or group that performs ballet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little ball: in heraldry, a bearing in coats of arms, denominated, according to the color, bezants, plates, hurts, etc.
- n. A spectacular dance, more or less elaborate in steps, poses, and costumes, in which a number of performers, chiefly females, take part. It is led or conducted by one or more chief dancers or coryphées, and is usually incidental to an operatic or other dramatic representation.
- n. A complete pantomime or theatrical representation, in which a story is told, and actions, characters, and passions are represented, by gestures and grouping, accompanied by characteristic or illustrative music, dancing, and often rich scenery and decorations.
- n. The corps of dancers who perform ballets.
- To express by dancing or in a ballet.
- An obsolete form of ballad.
- n. The music to which a ballet is danced.
- n. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in England, a light glee-like madrigal or part-song, often with a fa-la burden. See fa-la.
- n. In the eighteenth century, a series of instrumental dances properly in the same key and usually for stringed instruments; a suite (which see). The dramatic ballet (see def. 2) was the national form of drama in France; it originated in the sixteenth century, and in the seventeenth coalesced with the Italian musical drama, giving rise to the early type of French opera.
- n. A classical form of dance.
- n. A theatrical presentation of such dancing, usually with music, sometimes in the form of story.
- n. The company of persons who perform this dance.
- n. music A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa-la burden or chorus, most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers.
- n. heraldry A bearing in coats of arms representing one or more balls, called bezants, plates, etc., according to colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Sometimes, a scene accompanied by pantomime and dancing.
- n. The company of persons who perform the ballet.
- n. (Mus.) A light part song, or madrigal, with a
fa laburden or chorus, -- most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers; -- also spelled ballett.
- n. (Her.) A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.
- n. music written for a ballet
- n. a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
- From French ballet, from Italian balletto ("short dance, ballet"), diminutive form of ballo ("ball"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo, dance, from ballare, to dance; see ballerina. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In O. Fr., according to Rousseau, _ballet_ signifies "to dance, to sing, to rejoice"; and thus it incorporates three distinct modern words, "ballet, ball and ballad.”
“One can imagine a playhouse running on the basis of a big ballet, with a story, popular music, magnificent scenery, gorgeous costumes, huge _corps de ballet_, half-a-dozen principals and immense advertisement.”
“(And for most Chicagoans, Mr. Emanuel's training in ballet is unlikely to count.)”
“The surreal depiction of the title ballet is the high point of this film's cinematic ambition, a”
“Teeuwissen: During the '70s, what we refer to as the ballet boom, there was a significant amount of subsidy from the government for general operating and touring.”
“This ballet is a tale of romance, courtship, and adulterous encounters amidst the glitz and glamour of the belle époque.”
“John demonstrates some easy steps and tells me to stand in what I know as ballet's first position.”
“But in the late 19th and 20th centuries the center of the ballet world shifted to Russia, where what we know as ballet developed.”
“But Kaufman argues that the example in ballet is a kind of worst-case scenario in-which one product has become so bankable that it has crowded out the marketplace for anything more ambitious and in the process created a dumbed-down audience that doesn’t aspire to more.”
“Burrows enacts their fate in ballet mime, a Morris dance and an old cockney song.”
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