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Definition of ballet
- an artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful movements and the use of pointe shoes with reinforced toes.
mid 17th century: from French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo 'a dance', from late Latin ballare 'to dance' (see ball2)