Definition of acrobat
1 : one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
2a : one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterityb : one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint a political acrobat
acrobaticplay \ˌa-krə-ˈba-tik\ adjective
acrobaticallyplay \-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 of acrobat from the Web
The kickoff event featured live music, a performance by two fire acrobats and ended when Carwyle, a track athlete, lit the ceremonial torch before a fireworks display provided the exclamation point.
The Carson & Barnes Circus, featuring animal acts, acrobats, clowns and more, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 26; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 27; 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. May 28; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. May 29.
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Origin and Etymology of acrobat
French & Greek; French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs, from akr- acr- + bainein to go — more at come
First Known Use: 1827
ACROBAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acrobat for English Language Learners
: 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)
ACROBAT Defined for Kids
Definition of acrobat for Students
: a person skillful at performing stunts like jumping, balancing, tumbling, and swinging from a bar
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