Etymology
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ballerina (n.)

"female ballet dancer," 1792, from Italian ballerina, literally "dancing girl," fem. of ballerino "dancer," from ballo "a dance" (see ball (n.2)). The Italian plural form ballerine formerly sometimes was used in English.

updated on March 21, 2017

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Definitions of ballerina from WordNet

ballerina (n.)
a female ballet dancer;
Synonyms: danseuse
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.