Definition of pirouette in English:


Syllabification: pir·ou·ette
Pronunciation: /ˌpiro͝oˈet


chiefly Ballet
  • 1An act of spinning on one foot, typically with the raised foot touching the knee of the supporting leg.
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    • By the end of that week, I could consistently execute quadruple pirouettes to both right and left.
    • In classical ballet pirouettes are executed on pointe, as are arabesques.
    • Laurie, in her ecstatic state, executed a pirouette, and began to sing in earnest.
    spin, twirl, whirl, turn, twizzle
  • 1.1A movement performed in advanced dressage and classical riding, in which the horse makes a circle by pivoting on a hind leg while cantering.
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    • The horse needs sufficient impulsion for the work that is being asked of him, i.e. cantering a 20 metre circle requires much less impulsion than performing a canter pirouette.
    • They got a bit bogged down near the end of the performance during a final pirouette in piaffe, but overall featured a strong technique.
    • The trainer, unfazed by Dansk's apparent aggression, manages to persuade the animal to kneel, walks on its backside and performs pirouettes.


[no object] Back to top  
  • Perform a pirouette.
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    • She twirled and pirouetted with her arms outstretched to catch the gliding snowflakes.
    • The tenor saxophonist wore his baseball hat backwards as he pirouetted and moonwalked across the front of the stage.
    • Laughing like a child, Noel made the boxers dance, pirouetting lightly across the carpet.
    spin around, twirl, whirl, turn around, revolve, pivot


mid 17th century: from French, literally 'spinning top', of unknown ultimate origin.

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