ac·ro·bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat \

Definition of acrobat 

1 : one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body

2a : one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity

b : one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint a political acrobat

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Other words from acrobat

acrobatic \ˌa-krə-ˈba-tik \ adjective
acrobatically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Examples of acrobat in a Sentence

a child who is a natural acrobat with a superb sense of balance a political acrobat whose opinion on any issue is whatever will get the most votes

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By 1918, the company employed around 250 performers, from acrobats to equestriennes, clowns to lion tamers. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched., "This day in history," 29 June 2018 Also on hand will be jugglers, acrobats, a speed painter and a strongwoman, as well as live music. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events May 24-30: Memorial Day at WWI Museum, David Koechner, James Comey | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 The acrobats are Marawa’s Majorettes, a troupe of hyper hoopers led by Marawa Ibrahim. Alec Scott, Smithsonian, "The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rolling," 26 June 2018 IllumiNight: This new nighttime interactive show gets audiences to move to the electrifying pulse of the music while high-flying acrobats, floating sea life and a tribe of dancers perform at this high-energy dance party. Carolina Gusman,, "Gymnastics coach choreographs water dances for new SeaWorld show," 5 July 2018 Sure, you’ll be impressed and sometimes dazzled by the agility and dexterity of Cirque’s international cast of acrobats and aerialists, by the movement of bodies through space at impossible speeds and angles that adds up to a kind of airborne dance. Don Aucoin,, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 Travel back in time to the days of clowns, jugglers, carnies and acrobats with the Great Benjamin Circus. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Juneteenth, a traveling circus and Cut/Copy," 14 June 2018 The Flying Nesbits were a group of acrobats headed by Russell Nesbit , a Cardozo High graduate who in 1959 walked down the stairs of the Washington Monument on his hands. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Answer Man goes for a spin at Vista Raceway, a motorcycle track in Maryland," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of acrobat

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acrobat

borrowed from French acrobates, acrobate, borrowed from Middle Greek akrobátēs "tightrope walker," agent derivative of Greek akróbatos "walking on tiptoe," from akro- acro- + -batos, verbal adjective from baínein "to walk, go" — more at come entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of acrobat

: someone who entertains people (as at a circus) by performing difficult and often dangerous acts (such as swinging from a bar or walking on a rope high in the air)


ac·ro·bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat \

Kids Definition of acrobat

: a person skillful at performing stunts like jumping, balancing, tumbling, and swinging from a bar

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