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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bal·let n.
 1. 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.
 2. 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; -- also spelled ballett.
 4. Her. A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.