One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An act of spinning on one foot, typically with the raised foot touching the knee of the supporting leg.
spin, twirl, whirl, turn, gyration, revolutionView synonyms
- ‘In classical ballet pirouettes are executed on pointe, as are arabesques.’
- ‘Laurie, in her ecstatic state, executed a pirouette, and began to sing in earnest.’
- ‘By the end of that week, I could consistently execute quadruple pirouettes to both right and left.’
- ‘For example, she would give everyone triple pirouettes when I could only do one.’
- ‘She then did a second, slower pirouette as if to emphasize her attire.’
- 1.1 A movement performed in advanced dressage and classical riding, in which the horse makes a circle by pivoting on a hind leg, while cantering.
- ‘They got a bit bogged down near the end of the performance during a final pirouette in piaffe, but overall featured a strong technique.’
- ‘The music highlighted excellent canter work, including multiple pirouettes, and tempi changes on a curve.’
- ‘The mare seemed to some a bit undone in the final canter work, fighting Paxton in one of the half pirouettes, and missing her three-time changes.’
- ‘The horse needs sufficient impulsion for the work that is being asked of him, i.e. cantering a 20 metre circle requires much less impulsion than performing a canter pirouette.’
- ‘The trainer, unfazed by Dansk's apparent aggression, manages to persuade the animal to kneel, walks on its backside and performs pirouettes.’
Perform a pirouette.
spin round, twirl, whirl, turn round, gyrate, revolve, pivotView synonyms
- ‘The tenor saxophonist wore his baseball hat backwards as he pirouetted and moonwalked across the front of the stage.’
- ‘The swords sang as the soldier and I danced; pirouetting, blocking, lunging, advancing, and retreating.’
- ‘She pirouetted gracefully, and laughed back at him.’
- ‘Laughing like a child, Noel made the boxers dance, pirouetting lightly across the carpet.’
- ‘She twirled and pirouetted with her arms outstretched to catch the gliding snowflakes.’
Mid 17th century: from French, literally ‘spinning top’, of unknown ultimate origin.
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