Pirouettes

pirouette

[pir-oo-et]
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:
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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pirouette (ˌpɪrʊˈɛt)
 
n
1.  a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
 
vb
2.  (intr) to perform a pirouette
 
[C18: from French, from Old French pirouet spinning top; related to Italian pirolo little peg]

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pirouette
1706, from Fr. pirouette, from O.Fr. pirouet "spinning top" (15c.), from Gallo-Romance root *pir- "peg, plug" (cf. It. piruolo "peg top") + dim. suffix -ette.
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