plié

[plee-ey]
noun, plural pliés [plee-eyz; French plee-ey] . Ballet.
a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.

Origin:
1890–95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2

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plié (ˈpliːeɪ)
 
n
a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
 
[French: bent, from plier to bend]

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plie
in ballet, 1892, from Fr. plié, lit. "to bend," from O.Fr. plier (see ply (n.)).
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Basic ballet positions and steps such as pointe, fl ex and plie will be taught.
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