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[zhuh-tey] /ʒəˈteɪ/
noun, plural jetés
[zhuh-teyz; French zhuh-tey] /ʒəˈteɪz; French ʒəˈteɪ/ (Show IPA).
a jump forward, backward, or to the side, from one foot to the other.
1820-30; < French: literally, thrown, past participle of jeter to throw; see jet1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for jeté


(ballet) a step in which the dancer springs from one leg and lands on the other
Word Origin
French, literally: thrown, from jeter; see jet1
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Word Origin and History for jeté



ballet step, 1830, from French (pas) jeté, from past participle of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for jeté


(French jete: "thrown"), ballet leap in which the weight of the dancer is transferred from one foot to the other. The dancer "throws" one leg to the front, side, or back and holds the other leg in any desired position upon landing. Among the commonly seen forms of this step are the jete battu, in which the legs are crossed in the air before the descent; the grand jete, a broad, high leap with one leg stretched forward and the other back like a "split" in the air; and the jete en tournant, or tour jete ("flung turn"), in which the dancer executes a half-turn in the air away from the forward leg before landing on it.

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