Definition of pointe in English:



  • 1The tips of the toes.

    ‘she stalks onstage on steely pointes’
    • ‘Her pointes spark; her arms rise as if unveiling sculpture; and, when her leg swings out into a forthright arabesque, it's like a candid remark from the young, the bright, and the beautiful.’
    • ‘Since the women had on pointe shoes we were given the treat of silent pointes.’
    • ‘As the nameless Senorita, Gitte Lindstrom deployed her pointes like a flamenco dancer's heels, hard against the floor, a contrast to the precise, skimming pointe work typical of Bournonville style.’
    • ‘It was that Bengal tiger of a ballerina, Sofiane Sylve, stalking onstage on steely pointes, as if France itself had come to explicate this most elusive of texts.’
    • ‘Both pointes are level a couple or so inches off the floor, the hips are up, the shoulders are over the hips with the torso lifted and forward, and the weight is centered.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Dance performed on the tips of the toes.
      ‘her athleticism and pointe work give her authority in a pas de deux’
      • ‘Only the steps of the Bouronville technique were taught - very little pointe work and little or no partnering or character dances - and academic study was often sacrificed to preparation for small parts in performances.’
      • ‘He used pointe work sparingly, only when necessary to the plot; insisted on clean execution; resisted supported adagio.’
      • ‘Should you invest your extracurricular time in pointe work?’
      • ‘It was a hybrid of pointe work and pseudo-oriental port de bras woven into unison formations.’
      • ‘The dancers before were not as prepared for pointe work as they are now.’
      • ‘Technically, flaws remain - most noticeably a stiffness in the feet that compromises the men's jumps and the women's pointe work.’
      • ‘What Joffrey observers often admire most now is the beauty and fineness of the women's pointe work, so essential for dancing Balanchine.’
      • ‘As in Act I, both the feet and pointe work were consistently elegant.’
      • ‘Throughout, this central character becomes involved with false muses all the while brushing by the true muse of unattainable perfection - the only role with pointe work.’
      • ‘The ballet audition consists of a simple class without pointe work.’
      • ‘Though many in her class will begin pointe work next year, we have asked and the director agrees that our daughter should not.’
      • ‘Participants explored barre work, center practice, port de bras, pirouettes, adagio, allegro and pointe work.’
      • ‘Like much of Forsythe's choreography, Duo transformed pointe work from something ethereal into something earthy.’
      • ‘The young women's pointe work, rarely called upon, is primitive.’
      • ‘Starting pointe work at age 10, she evolved from a mouse into the Snow Queen in the annual Nutcracker performances.’
      • ‘One of the losses is that pointe work has become less interesting.’
      • ‘At the School of American Ballet, which is one of the leading dance academies in the world, students begin limited pointe work in their fourth year of training.’
      • ‘Unlike many schools with combined modern and ballet programs, Utah requires women to do pointe work at the audition.’
      • ‘Despite the latter's novelty pointe work and the excellence of Braque's designs this ballet was not a success.’
      • ‘The use of pointe work is not required, and the fusion styles of contemporary works may be incorporated, along with other theatrical devices, as the creative impulse dictates.’


  • on (or en) pointe

    • On the tips of the toes.

      ‘all the items were danced on pointe’
      • ‘It was natural to me that girls would not dance on pointe.’
      • ‘When you danced on pointe, did you have good feet?’
      • ‘I still had my baby face, this very period look - red hair and freckles - and they needed a big ensemble of people who could ice skate and dance on pointe.’
      • ‘But if I can show a company dancing fantastically on pointe and off, then we'll hook our audiences.’
      • ‘Qualified dance teachers also don't put young children (before the age of 11 or 12) on pointe, according to dance medicine specialists.’
      • ‘Children should not be encouraged to dance on pointe without adequate training and mastered strength techniques.’
      • ‘If she were a ballerina dancing on pointe, she'd add a whole foot to her height (pardon the pun).’
      • ‘Forced into a pointe class when she'd never danced on pointe, she says she had a professor who reputedly put burning cigarettes under his students' legs to get them higher during barre exercises.’
      • ‘At the time when the painter seems to have begun attending performances, the tradition of women dancing on pointe was only about two generations old and audiences were still enthralled by this seemingly magical feat.’
      • ‘The piece - the only one danced on pointe - is both nonchalant and intense as the dancers observe, then execute firecracker spins and rigorous leaps, partner flips and hummingbird beats.’


French, literally ‘tip’.