Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

trapeze

play
noun tra·peze \tra-ˈpēz also trə-\

Simple Definition of trapeze

  • : a short bar that is hung high above the ground by two ropes and that is held by circus performers who perform athletic tricks on it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trapeze

  1. :  a gymnastic or acrobatic apparatus consisting of a short horizontal bar suspended by two parallel ropes

Examples of trapeze in a sentence

  1. performing tricks on the trapeze



Origin of trapeze

French trapèze, literally, trapezoid, from New Latin trapezium


First Known Use: 1861


TRAPEZE Defined for Kids

trapeze

play
noun tra·peze \tra-ˈpēz\

Definition of trapeze for Students

  1. :  a short horizontal bar hung from two parallel ropes and used by acrobats




Learn More about trapeze


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up trapeze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt angry oily maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ