Bal"let` (?), n. [F., a dim. of bal dance. See 2d Ball, n.]


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.

3. Mus.

A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa la burden or chorus, -- most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers.

4. Her.

A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.


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