Etymology
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ballet (n.)

"theatrical, costumed dance and pantomime performance telling a story and representing characters and passions by gestures and groupings," 1660s, from French ballette from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo "a dance," from Late Latin ballare "to dance," from Greek ballizein "to dance, jump about" (see ball (n.2)).

updated on May 18, 2017

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Definitions of ballet from WordNet

ballet (n.)
a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers;
Synonyms: concert dance
ballet (n.)
music written for a ballet;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.