noun \ˈsə-mər-ˌslt\

: a forward or backward movement of your body on the ground or in the air that is made by bringing your feet over your head

Full Definition of SOMERSAULT

:  a movement (as in gymnastics) in which a person turns forward or backward in a complete revolution along the ground or in the air bringing the feet over the head; also :  a falling or tumbling head over heels
somersault intransitive verb

Variants of SOMERSAULT

som·er·sault also sum·mer·sault \ˈsə-mər-ˌslt\

Examples of SOMERSAULT

  1. The gymnast turned a somersault.


Middle French sombresaut leap, ultimately from Latin super over + saltus leap, from salire to jump — more at over, sally
First Known Use: circa 1530


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