Definition of plié in English:

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plié

Pronunciation: /plēˈā/
Ballet

noun

A movement in which a dancer bends the knees and straightens them again, usually with the feet turned out and heels firmly on the ground.
Example sentences
  • Budding ballet stars who want to practise their pirouettes and pliés with dancing star Wayne Sleep will have the chance this Sunday.
  • He stands in a wide plié, then shifts his weight to one knee.
  • A juicy plié will soften your landings and impel your take-off.

verb

[no object]
Perform a plié.
Example sentences
  • Claiming to have understood that ‘dancing was going to be my life’ by the time she was a teenager, she can plié astoundingly well and has been performing with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal for the past three years.
  • He can pirouette and plié with the best of them but he needs professional help to dance his way to the top.
  • On the first day I couldn't plié and my foot didn't stretch properly, but all I could do was pretend that I had never done ballet before in my life.

Origin

French, literally 'bent', past participle of plier (see also ply1).

Words that rhyme with plié

déshabillé

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pli·é

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