en pointe

noun, plural pointes [French pwant] /French pwɛ̃t/. Ballet.

  1. the tip of the toe.
  2. a position on the extreme tips of the toes.
  1. on/en pointe, supporting one’s body weight on the extreme tips of the toes:dancing on pointe.Also on/en pointes.


  1. ballet the tip of the toe (esp in the phrase on pointes)

in dance, 1830, from French pointe (see point (n.)).

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