- a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
- a theatrical entertainment in which ballet dancing and music, often with scenery and costumes, combine to tell a story, establish an emotional atmosphere, etc.
- an interlude of ballet in an operatic performance.
- a company of ballet dancers.
- the musical score for a ballet: the brilliant ballets of Tchaikovsky.
- a dance or balletlike performance: an ice-skating ballet.
- a classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity
- (as modifier)ballet dancer
- a theatrical representation of a story or theme performed to music by ballet dancers
- a troupe of ballet dancers
- a piece of music written for a ballet
1660s, from French ballette from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo “a dance” (see ball (n.2)). Balletomane attested by 1930.
Theatrical entertainment in which dancers, usually accompanied by music, tell a story or express a mood through their movements. The technique of ballet is elaborate and requires many years of training. Two classical ballets are Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Two great modern ballets are The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, and Fancy Free, by Leonard Bernstein.