from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who dances in a theatrical or operatic ballet. See ballet, 1.


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  • To quote a dictum of Simon, what a horse does under compulsion he does blindly, and his performance is no more beautiful than would be that of a ballet-dancer taught by whip and goad.

    On Horsemanship

  • And yet in the presence of the man she had this instant begun to hate vehemently, she forced the kind of smile which a ballet-dancer puts on for the public.

    Albert Savarus

  • He started with a sort of ballet-dancer run, shivering his feathers out fluffily as he went.

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  • In the little history of “Lovel the Widower” I described, and brought to condign punishment, a certain wretch of a ballet-dancer, who lived splendidly for a while on ill-gotten gains, had an accident, and lost her beauty, and died poor, deserted, ugly, and every way odious.

    Roundabout Papers

  • And if a singer, why should not a ballet-dancer come bounding on the stage with his cordon, and cut capers to the music of a row of decorated fiddlers?

    Roundabout Papers

  • I met you yesterday openly walking with a French ballet-dancer, and you took off your hat.

    The Virginians

  • The disadvantage is that they cost more than regular tights and they only come in ballet-dancer colors.

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  • Alexis had the grace and elegance; she had the ballet-dancer body and the sleek, fashionable clothes.

    To Catch a Prince

  • “Yes, by thunder!” he ejaculated; and letting go of his companions, he spun round like a ballet-dancer.

    Australia Felix

  • He is set in motion by a ballet-dancer, a cantatrice, an actress; in short, he is a brigand-captain, with other brigands under him.



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