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

1890–95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To plié
World English Dictionary
plié (ˈpliːeɪ)
a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
[French: bent, from plier to bend]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

in ballet, 1892, from Fr. plié, lit. "to bend," from O.Fr. plier (see ply (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Basic ballet positions and steps such as pointe, fl ex and plie will be taught.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature