Webster 1913 Edition
(băl′lā̍ˊ or băl′lĕt; 277),
[F., a dim. of
baldance. See 2d
An artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Sometimes, a scene accompanied by pantomime and dancing.
The company of persons who perform the ballet.
A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa la burden or chorus, – most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers; – also spelled
A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A kind of dance; an interlude; a comic dance, consisting of a series of several airs, with different movements, representing some subject or action.
2.A kind of dramatic poem, representing some fabulous action or subject, in which several persons appear and recite things, under the name of some deity or personage.
In heraldry, ballets or balls, a bearing in coats of arms, denominated according to their color, bezants, plates, hurts, &c.