ac·​ro·​bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \

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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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 The album closer hits a poignant note with the story of Elaina, a former circus acrobat who misses Harlan, her trapeze partner from years earlier. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 He's been able so far to keep most of his caucus together, but will Matt Gaetz and other Trump-ers bail? WASHINGTON – Kevin McCarthy has had to play the role of political acrobat a lot lately. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2022 One figure holds the snake like an acrobat, another has a rope around his neck. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 5 Mar. 2022 Most movies try to hide the awkwardness of the Batsuit, honoring the comic book ideal of a sky-swinging acrobat. Darren Franich,, 4 Mar. 2022 The 47-year-old acrobat first walked across a flaming wire 25-feet above the ground, even performing a dance move. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Two feature Nusch Éluard, the actress, acrobat and hypnotist’s assistant who married the surrealist poet Paul Éluard. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Her father was an acrobat with the Moscow Circus and her mother a gymnast. Brock Colyar, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Backup QB Justin Rogers replaced Friel and starred on offense like an acrobat soaring at center stage in O by Cirque du Soleil. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ac·​ro·​bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \

Kids Definition of acrobat

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

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