) KEY NOUN:
- A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
- A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
- A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
- A company or group that performs ballet.
French, from Italian balletto
, diminutive of ballo
, from ballare
, to dance
; see ballerinaOTHER FORMS:bal·letic
k) KEY (Adjective)