Definition of prima ballerina in English:

prima ballerina

Syllabification: pri·ma bal·le·ri·na
Pronunciation: /ˌprēmə ˌbaləˈrēnə
 
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noun

  • The chief female dancer in a ballet or ballet company.
    More example sentences
    • Sulamith Messerer became a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet at the age of 20 when she volunteered, without rehearsal, to stand in for the injured Ekaterina Geltser as Kitri in Don Quixote.
    • She received her initial training in Berlin from Alexandra Nicolaieva, a former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet.
    • The young woman knew that all eyes were on her, well, all these that weren't still watching the prima ballerina of the Cleveland ballet.

Origin

late 19th century: Italian, literally 'first ballerina'.

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