American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A full turn of the body on the point of the toe or the ball of the foot in ballet.
- v. To execute a pirouette.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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 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.
- n. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing, primarily in ballet.
- n. The whirling about of a horse.
- v. intransitive To perform a pirouette; to whirl on the toes, like a dancer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing.
- n. (Man.) The whirling about of a horse.
- v. To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.
- 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
- French pirouette (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French pirouet, spinning top. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When a child at play stands on its head with its heels self-balanced in the air, making itself a pyramid instead of cutting a pirouette, that is, in the language of mothers and nurses, _far la”
“He twirled in a kind of pirouette to evade an oncoming attack, then jumped to perform a spin kick.”
“Harry doubled up with silent laughter as Crabbe did a kind of pirouette in midair, trying to see who had thrown it.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“Widdecombe round in a style most often seen in primary school playgrounds; at one point grabbing hold of her ankle while she hopped round in a kind of pirouette, marabou dress trim bobbing, banana yellow leggings on display.”
“Here, English borrowed a group of linked terms from French, the language in which ballet was pursued and from which it gained international status: jeté, pas de deux, pirouette, and of course ballet itself are all from French.”
“If they catch the wave skilfully, the skimboard is pivoted by their strong limbs and they pirouette in an air-mixed broth of water and sand, and triumphantly ride their steeds back to the beach.”
“I removed my cap to reveal a slipping hairstyle (going, going, almost gone) and did a pirouette, graceful as a walrus in ballerina tights.”
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“Watching my Siamese and Tuxedo cats leap, pounce, and pirouette mid-air, I am suddenly smiling -- and, most importantly, not taking myself so seriously.”
““Yes, I must say you did look well in that green,” Lacy said, watching us pirouette about the room.”
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