[dem-ee-plee-ey; French duh-mee-plee-ey]
noun, plural demi-pliés [dem-ee-plee-eyz; French duh-mee-plee-ey] . Ballet.
a movement done in any of the five positions, in which the dancer bends the knees halfway, keeping the heels securely on the ground.

< French: literally, half-plié; see demi-, plié Unabridged
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