from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female ballet-dancer.


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  • Just as it started the waltz from "The Count of Luxembourg," there appeared in the companion-way a real ballet-girl, masked, and in very short skirts.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • Miss Griffith has found out also that Alphonse is in love with a ballet-girl at the Opera.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • Whereupon Reuben ran on, -- jauntily, at first, as if it had been a ballet-girl of San Carlo whose picture he was making out; but his old hearty warmth declared itself by degrees; and his admiration and his tenderness gave such warm color to his language as it might have shown if her little gloved hand had been shivering even then in his own passionate clasp.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • It seemed to me, as it seems to everybody, that Pompeii was not dead, but asleep, and her tints were so clear and gay that her dreams might be those of a ballet-girl.

    A Voyage of Consolation (being in the nature of a sequel to the experiences of 'An American girl in London')

  • A few years ago (1911) Messrs. Hodgson the auctioneers discovered a thin folio consisting of an illustrated title-page and eight lithographed plates depicting scenes in the life of a ballet-girl, among a portfolio of engravings which had been sent to them for disposal.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • One told me that he was tramping across America, earning his living as he went; another asserted that he had been seen in a monastry in India; a third assured me that he had married a ballet-girl in Milan; and someone else was positive that he had taken to drink.

    The Magician

  • He did not distinguish what sort of love his might be, big or little, passionate or passionless, lasting or passing (he kept a ballet-girl himself, though he was the father of a family, so he was not disposed to be severe on that score), but he knew that this love-affair was viewed with displeasure by those whom it was necessary to please, and therefore he did not approve of his brother¬ís conduct.

    Chapter XVIII. Part II

  • No; the ballet-girl is real enough and handsome enough, too, for those who like shrewish beauty.

    The Gadfly

  • "Do you mean that there is really a ballet-girl, or simply that you feel cross and want to imitate the sharp speeches?"

    The Gadfly

  • English ballet-girl fashion, the upper part of their bodies bare, except for the masses of coloured glass necklaces covering their breast from throat to waist.

    Six Women


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