Definition of Pirouette

1. Noun. (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet).

Generic synonyms: Spin, Twirl, Twist, Twisting, Whirl
Category relationships: Ballet, Concert Dance



2. Verb. Do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance.
Generic synonyms: Pivot, Swivel

Definition of Pirouette

1. n. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing.

2. v. i. To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.

Definition of Pirouette

1. Noun. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing, primarily in ballet. ¹

2. Noun. The whirling about of a horse. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To perform a '''pirouette'''; to whirl on the toes, like a dancer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pirouette

1. [v -ETTED, -ETTING, -ETTES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pirouette

pirogue
pirogues
pirojki
piromen
piromidic acid
piroplasm
piroplasma
piroplasmata
piroplasmida
piroplasmosis
piroplasms
piroque
piroques
piroshki
pirouette (current term)
pirouetted
pirouettes
pirouetting
piroxicam
piroxicam olamine
pirozhki
pirozhok
pirprofen
pirquitasite
pirs
pirssonite
pis
pis aller
pisang wax

Literary usage of Pirouette

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1. Horsemanship for Women by Theodore Hoe Mead (1887)
"THE pirouette, DEUX PISTES, PASSAGE. IN the pirouette ordinaire of the French manege the horse turns upon one of his hind-legs, walking on the other three ..."

2. The Antique Greek Dance, After Sculptured and Painted Figures by Maurice Emmanuel (1916)
"Preparation for the pirouette.—261. Execution of the pirouette.—262. ... pirouette outward and pirouette inward.—271. pirouette on the instep. ..."

3. Curb, Snaffle, and Spur: A Method of Training Young Horses for the Cavalry by Edward Lowell Anderson (1894)
"THE pirouette VOLTE. THE horse should now be ridden in the travers and renvers in the walk and in the united trot, both to the right and to the left, ..."

4. Æsthetic Dancing by Emil Rath (1914)
"^Esthetic movements with the pirouette In arranging combinations of the pirouette the ... EXAMPLE: pirouette to the left, arms moving from low 3rd amplified ..."

5. The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians by John Gardner Wilkinson (1878)
"... of Music—Cymbals, Trumpets, Drums, Harps, Guitars, Lyres, Flutes, Pipes, Sistra, Sacred Instruments—Dancing—The pirouette and Figure ..."

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