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[pir-oo-et] /ˌpɪr uˈɛt/

a whirling about on one foot or on the points of the toes, as in ballet dancing.
Dressage. a complete turn in which the horse uses its hind legs as a pivot.
verb (used without object), pirouetted, pirouetting.
to perform a pirouette; whirl, as on the toes.
a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot
(intransitive) to perform a pirouette

1706, from French pirouette “spinning top; pirouette in dancing,” from Middle French pirouet “spinning top” (15c.), from Gallo-Romance root *pir- “peg, plug” (cf. Italian piruolo “peg top”) + diminutive suffix -ette.

1822, from pirouette (n.) and also from French pirouetter. Related: Pirouetted; pirouetting.


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