Definition of ballet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbæleɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæˈleɪ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a style of dancing that tells a dramatic story with music but no talking or singing She wants to be a ballet dancer. ballet shoes Wordfinderballet, ballroom, band, choreograph, dance, floor, folk dance, music, partner, step
  2. 2[countable] a story or work of art performed by a group of ballet dancers ‘Swan Lake’ is one of the great classical ballets.
  3. 3[countable + singular or plural verb] a group of dancers who work and perform ballet together members of the Royal Ballet
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo ‘dance’, from late Latin ballare ‘to dance’; related to Greek ballizein ‘to dance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ballet