Meaning of “ballet” in the English Dictionary

"ballet" in British English

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balletnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈbæl.eɪ/ us /bælˈeɪ/

B1 a type of dancing where carefully organized movements tell a story or express an idea, or a theatre work that uses this type of dancing:

a ballet dancer
By the age of 15 he had already composed his first ballet (= music for a ballet).

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  • Does she study classical ballet or modern ballet?
  • The set for the ballet is minimalist - three white walls and a chair.
  • Natalie is, without a doubt, the star student in this year's ballet class.
  • Thanks for inviting me, but ballet isn't really my cup of tea.
  • I did tap classes as well as ballet.
adjective uk /bəˈlet.ɪk/ us /bəˈlet̬.ɪk/

balletic movements

(Definition of “ballet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ballet" in American English

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balletnoun [ C/U ]

us /bæˈleɪ/

a type of dancing in which controlled movements of the body are designed to express the beauty of physical motion, often while telling a story, or a piece of music for such dancing

(Definition of “ballet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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