ac·​ro·​bat ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio)
: one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
: one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity
: one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint
a political acrobat

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 Then, to go from there to being in a rehearsal and starting to see the dancers and the acrobats. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Many fans were also pleased with the halftime show after R&B singer Usher performed 13 minutes of his top hits accompanied by dozens of dancers and acrobats. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 The family-friendly show, which is put on at the Luxor Hotel & Casino, is comprised of various acts — think magicians, acrobats, dancers, vocalists, and even knife throwers — performed by AGT alums. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Dancers, magicians, singers and acrobats will entertain shoppers along Grant Avenue both days. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 All in all, prepare to be dazzled by the array of acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 The entertainment included acrobats, dancers, drummers and a mock cavalry charge by 300 Berber horsemen. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 Before the champ was revealed, Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds To Mars accompanied performances by acrobats the Ramadhani Brothers and dance crew Chibi Unity, who ultimately ended the show with the statuses of grand finalist and finalist, respectively. Wesley Stenzel,, 29 Sep. 2023 Its last Moncler Genius extravaganza, held at London’s Kensington Olympia during London Fashion Week in February 2023, saw Rick Owens stage a mini rave, acrobats twirl from the sky around Mercedes Benz G Wagons, and Alicia Keys duet with Cleo Sol and Little Simz before an audience of 10,000 people. Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrobat was in 1827

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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​ro·​bat ˈak-rə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio)
: a person (as a circus performer) who is very good at stunts like jumping, balancing, tumbling, and swinging from things
acrobatic adjective
acrobatically adverb

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