Definition of ballerina in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈrēnə/


1A female ballet dancer.
Example sentences
  • Ballet dancers, little ballerinas, women in intimate situations and horse races are the subjects that are immediately associated with him.
  • I feel very proud of being a ballerina of this great ballet company.
  • I began watching the company in the fifties, when a quintet of highly individual ballerinas reigned over the female roster.
2 [usually as modifier] A ballet shoe: wear ballerina pumps with a pretty day dress for a perfect spring/summer look New Yorkers walk a lot, so ballerinas make sense
More example sentences
  • This pair of glitter ballerina pumps are great if you like to walk comfortably and brighten up a daytime outfit.
  • The career girl's court shoe is all very well but where were Ravel's versions of the casual suede boot or the casual ballerina look last autumn?
  • Whether ballerinas appear at the top or bottom of any in/out barometer, they are by now a classic.


Late 18th century: from Italian, feminine of ballerino 'dancing master', from ballare 'to dance', from late Latin.

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Syllabification: bal·le·ri·na

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