Definition of demi-caractère in English:

demi-caractère

noun

  • 1A style of ballet having elements of character dance but executed with steps based on the classical technique.

    • ‘Graceful of presence and bearing for the princely roles, it is nonetheless in demi-caractère parts that he excels.’
    • ‘Finally, ballet was divided into three formal techniques sérieux, demi-caractère and comique.’
    • ‘Despite reservations because he had not choreographed for students before, he agreed to choreograph a demi-caractère and a classical variation.’
    • ‘Carlos, Clavigo's friend, is conceived more as a demi-caractère role where play-acting is almost as important as dancing.’
    1. 1.1A dancer specializing in demi-caractère.
      • ‘He was a demi-caractère dancer of unusual vivacity and charm but also danced in the modern repertoire.’
      • ‘He also describes the body types of the serious dancer, the demi-caractère dancer, and the comic dancer.’

Origin

Late 18th century: French, literally half character.

Pronunciation:

demi-caractère

/ˌdemēkerəkˈter/