bal|let «BAL ay, ba LAY», noun.
1. an elaborate dance by a group on a stage. A ballet usually tells a story or expresses a theme through the movements of the dancing and the music, often written especially for it. »

Everyone knows the fairy tale of the sleeping beauty which we saw as a ballet.

2. the style of dancing used in these performances combining graceful, intricate steps, movements, and poses: »

to study ballet.

3. the art of creating or performing ballets.
4. the dancers: »

The Royal Ballet will soon perform in our city.

5. the music for a ballet.
[< French ballet < Italian balletto (diminutive) < ballo < ballare Late Latin; see etym. under ball2 (Cf.ball)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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