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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from acrobat

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

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Harlequin bears Picasso’s features; that of the small acrobat those of his friend, the poet Max Jacob. E.a. Carmean Jr. And Ann Hoenigswald, WSJ, "Picasso’s Hidden Figures," 1 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'acrobat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about acrobat

Statistics for acrobat

Last Updated

17 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for acrobat

The first known use of acrobat was in 1827

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for acrobat



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on acrobat

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


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

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


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!