Definition of ballerina in English:


Syllabification: bal·le·ri·na
Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈrēnə


1A female ballet dancer.
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  • 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
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  • She shows me weekend bags, handbags and clutches, beach towels and sandals and ballerina flats.
  • Bright shoes are only chic with a dressy evening ensemble, or in the form of ballerina slippers to be worn with country cottons, after-ski skirts, and trousers.
  • We wore ballerina shoes and full black taffeta skirts, and short coats of such colours as robin's egg blue, cerise red, lime green.


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

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