- a principal female dancer in a ballet company.Compare prima ballerina.
- any female ballet dancer.
- a woman’s very low-heeled or heelless shoe or slipper, made to resemble a ballet slipper.
- a female ballet dancer
- US the principal female dancer of a ballet company
1792, from Italian ballerina, literally “dancing girl,” fem. of ballerino “dancer,” from ballo “a dance” (see ball (n.2)). The Italian plural form ballerine formerly sometimes was used in English.