Definition of entrechat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäntrəˈSHä/


A vertical jump during which the dancer repeatedly crosses the feet and beats them together.
Example sentences
  • On a set of constantly shifting black and white panels (think fine lace), the eight dancers make use of a frenzied vocabulary, whether in quicksilver entrechats, whiplash pirouetting, or angst-ridden arm gestures.
  • Renowned for her pirouettes and entrechats huit, she made guest appearances in London and Dublin.
  • Frankly, I ain't built for glissades, arabesques, entrechats or mincing around en pointe.


French, from Italian (capriola) intrecciata 'complicated (caper)'.

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Syllabification: en·tre·chat

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