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pas seul

[French pah sœl] /French pɑ ˈsœl/
noun, plural pas seuls
[French pah sœl] /French pɑ ˈsœl/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
a dance performed by one person; dance solo.
Origin of pas seul
1805-1815
1805-15; < French: literally, solo step
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  • In the next plate Flora is deploring the absence of her Zephyr, who has left her an opportunity to execute a pas seul.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • In subsequent periods it was imitated by female dancers and as a pas seul.

  • On several occasions I have observed them perform a kind of dance, a pas seul, for each rotifer would be alone by itself.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
  • I should like to see that pas seul, but first will you do me the extreme honor to dance this with me?

  • Take care that your face does not express more anxiety for the success of your pas seul than joy at greeting your friend.

  • True; but I never heard of a man that performed a pas seul before the enemy.

  • The wall is not meant for me to hold up, and if no one will ask me to dance, I'll get out and do a pas seul!

  • Unless he were dancing a pas seul out of sheer lightness of heart, the nocturnal visitor must have tripped over something.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Regular ballets of action now take place, in lieu of the pas de deux, and pas seul, of one or two principal dancers.

  • The next performer was a Mysian, who danced, again in armor, what we should call a pas seul.

    Callias Alfred John Church
British Dictionary definitions for pas seul

pas seul

/French pɑ sœl/
noun (pl) pas seuls (French) (pɑ sœl)
1.
a dance sequence for one person
Word Origin
French, literally: step on one's own
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