Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A full turn of the body on the point of the toe or the ball of the foot in ballet.
  • intransitive v. To execute a pirouette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing, primarily in ballet.
  • n. The whirling about of a horse.
  • v. To perform a pirouette; to whirl on the toes, like a dancer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing.
  • n. The whirling about of a horse.
  • intransitive v. To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To perform a pirouette; turn or whirl on one leg, or on the toes, as in dancing; advance or move along in a series of pirouettes, or short graceful turns, as a horse.
  • n. In dancing, a rapid whirling on one leg or on the points of the toes, as performed by ballet-dancers.
  • n. In the manège, a quick, short turn or whirl of a horse.
  • n. In old reed-instruments of the oboe class, the globular cup or bowl in which the reed was inclosed and which served as a kind of mouthpiece.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
  • v. do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance

Etymologies

French, from Old French pirouet, spinning top.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French pirouette (Wiktionary)

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  • ...Do something pretty while you can
    Don't fall asleep
    Skating a pirouette on ice is cool...


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    September 5, 2008