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pirouette

[pir-oo-et] /ˌpɪr uˈɛt/
noun
1.
a whirling about on one foot or on the points of the toes, as in ballet dancing.
2.
Dressage. a complete turn in which the horse uses its hind legs as a pivot.
verb (used without object), pirouetted, pirouetting.
3.
to perform a pirouette; whirl, as on the toes.
Origin of pirouette
1700-1710
1700-10; < French: a whirl, top, feminine of Middle French pirouet, equivalent to pirou- (cognate with Italian pirolo, diminutive of piro peg) + -et -et
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Examples from the web for pirouette
  • We must hold their hands every pirouette of the way.
  • They prance and pirouette with one wing extended as they forage, performing a dance replete with beauty and purpose.
  • Ask them to spin a pirouette or dance a tarantella, and they're in their element.
British Dictionary definitions for pirouette

pirouette

/ˌpɪrʊˈɛt/
noun
1.
a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
verb
2.
(intransitive) to perform a pirouette
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French pirouet spinning top; related to Italian pirolo little peg
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Word Origin and History for pirouette
n.

1706, from French pirouette "spinning top; pirouette in dancing," from Middle French pirouet "spinning top" (15c.), from Gallo-Romance root *pir- "peg, plug" (cf. Italian piruolo "peg top") + diminutive suffix -ette.

v.

1822, from pirouette (n.) and also from French pirouetter. Related: Pirouetted; pirouetting.

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