from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A jump in ballet during which the dancer crosses the legs a number of times, alternately back and forth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A manoeuvre whereby the performer jumps up and strikes the heels together a number of times.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A leap in ballet-dancing, during which the performer strikes his heels together several times.
French, earlier entrechas, alteration (influenced by entre, between, and chasse, chase) of Italian (capriola) intrecciata, intricate (caper), feminine past participle of intrecciare, to intertwine : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + treccia, tress; see tress.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French entrechat, from Italian (capriola) intrecciata ("interlaced jump"), from in- + treccia ("plait"). (Wiktionary)