from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who dances in ballets introduced into operas; a ballet-dancer.


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  • We recklessly fling gold to an opera-dancer, and haggle with a tradesman whose hungry family must wait for the settlement of our bill.

    The Magic Skin

  • A minister, a duke, and an opera-dancer had joined the party of journalists, and wondered at their sinister power.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • But I should like us to be quits for such a momentous service; that is, if you are not laughing at an unlucky wretch, so I wish that you may fall in love with an opera-dancer.

    The Magic Skin

  • The manager appeared to say that the Duc de Rhetore and Tullia the opera-dancer were in the stage-box, and they had consented to allow Lucien to join them.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • That leering, painted, shrivelled, thin-armed, thick-ankled old thing, cutting dreary capers, coming thumping down on her board out of time — THAT an opera-dancer?

    Roundabout Papers

  • Many a respectable person would be as much shocked at the notion, as if his son had married an opera-dancer.

    The Newcomes

  • She had a kind of hazy idea that an opera-dancer and a gambling club were indispensable in fitting a young aristocrat for his future career; and I doubt whether she would not have agreed to the expediency of inoculating

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • That great lout of an Alsatian is going to have supper with his opera-dancer.

    Father Goriot

  • Taking his place at the table, Henry gave a most amusing account of the position of his brother Francis between the mercenary opera-dancer on one side, and the unscrupulous manager of the

    The Haunted Hotel

  • It was an opera-dancer, and had been one of the troop which deserted from Villeneuve-la-Guiard: falling sick, he had been deserted by his companions; in an access of delirium he had fancied himself on the stage, and, poor fellow, his dying sense eagerly accepted the last human applause that could ever be bestowed on his grace and agility.

    The Last Man


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