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ballet master

a man who trains a ballet company.
Also called maître de ballet.
Origin of ballet master
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ballet-master refused, and the lady swore she would not dance it at all.

  • At this point the company broke forth in admiration of the ballet-master.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • It was written for Lumley, the London manager, but his ballet-master declared the performance of it impossible.

  • There are young Frenchmen here who would be the admiration of the ballet-master.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • As for myself, I have composed a ballet, but the ballet-master did not manage the business well.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • The ballet-master began to count the steps for the final movement.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • The person who was most assiduous was the ballet-master, Laud, who taught him dancing.

    Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II. Catherine II, Empress of Russia
  • Hearing him speak of dancing, I asked him if he could tell me the address of Dupre, the ballet-master.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The ballet-master shouted, struck his hands together and arranged them in their places.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • Kind Charon hurried to bring her wine, the lady revived her with essences, and the ballet-master clamoured for his performers.

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
Contemporary definitions for ballet-master

a teacher who directs, trains, and choreographs dance at a ballet company's 21st Century Lexicon
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