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bal·let  audio  (b-l, bl) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
  2. A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
  3. A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
  4. A company or group that performs ballet.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo, dance, from ballare, to dance ; see ballerina

OTHER FORMS:
bal·letic  (b-ltk) KEY (Adjective)


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