Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ardent admirer of the ballet.

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  • n. An enthusiastic ballet fan

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a ballet enthusiast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ballet enthusiast

Etymologies

French : ballet, ballet; see ballet + -mane, ardent admirer (from Greek -manēs; see men-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • “While dance fans eagerly await the release next month of “Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky’s melodrama about rival ballerinas, here’s a version of “Swan Lake” you won’t see often. It’s not new, but it has lately been making the rounds, wowing some balletomanes and horrifying others.”

    The New York Times, When Dancing on Pointe Isn’t Hard Enough, by Stephanie Goodman, November 17, 2010

    November 18, 2010