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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Other Words from acrobat

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

Synonyms for acrobat


gymnast, turner

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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

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As models walked the runway, a troupe of acrobats from the all-female circus company Mimbre performed alongside the looks. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Had Live Acrobats Perform on Its Couture Runway," 22 Jan. 2019 This season, things kicked off on a whimsical note with Dior’s circus themed show—massive tent and acrobats included. Phil Oh, Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Photos From the Spring ’19 Couture Shows in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 An acrobat rode around the court on a unicycle at halftime. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Chinese Tech Giant May Be First Victim of a New U.S. Cold War," 9 May 2018 There were acrobats, jugglers, strongmen, and later strong women whose talents were touted as an argument for women’s suffrage. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "When ‘The Circus’ Came to Town," 4 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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