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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acrobatic \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈba-​tik How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \ adjective
acrobatically \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈba-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Felony disenfranchisement would still be deeply troubling for democracy even if Griggers had become a circus acrobat instead of a cop. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Racist Cop Threatened to Weaponize the Law to Disenfranchise Black Voters," 3 May 2021 As if all the bells and whistles weren’t enough — there’s an acrobat! Matthew J. Palm,, "Gender-swapping razzle dazzle in Osceola Arts’ ‘Pippin’ | Review," 11 Apr. 2021 And the long-haired Angelo, a former circus acrobat, has given up the hunting lifestyle in a huff, clacking away at a typewriter, writing a manifesto of sorts as to how greed has corrupted the pursuit. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Truffle Hunters’ and the fine art of documentary filmmaking," 4 Mar. 2021 And there’s Angelo Gagliardi, a former acrobat and retired truffle hunter who, with his stringy grey hair and long beard, appears to have escaped a Rembrandt painting. Angela Dawson, Forbes, "Filmmakers Get To The Root Of ‘The Truffle Hunters’," 3 Mar. 2021 Laurie Berenhaus’s mostly wooden sculpture of a female acrobat who embodies a woman’s life cycle; and Amy Sinbondit’s jauntily warped ceramic grid, forever halted in mid-collapse. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A focus on the intersection of art and movement," 26 Feb. 2021 Recovering the cultural meaning of the acrobat is typical of the volume’s originality, and Reynolds performs a similar feat with other portraits, including those of P.T. Barnum and the Bowery Boys (B’hoys). Washington Post, "The 19th-century culture that shaped Abraham Lincoln," 13 Nov. 2020 For the finals, the high-flying acrobat performed drenched in water with a background of pyrotechnics, sparklers and a towering waterfall. Karen Mizoguchi,, "AGT: Watch Archie Williams, Brandon Leake and More Season 15 Finalists Perform for $1M Prize," 22 Sep. 2020 His daughter, Dian, and wife, Annie, a Dutch acrobat, were with him throughout much of the growth of the sport and business. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Trampoline Came to Be," 5 Mar. 2020

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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 2021

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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 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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