acrobat

noun ac·ro·bat \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of acrobat

1 : one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
2 a : one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity
b : one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint
  • a political acrobat

acrobatic

play \ˌa-krə-ˈba-tik\ adjective

acrobatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of acrobat in a Sentence

  1. a child who is a natural acrobat with a superb sense of balance

  2. a political acrobat whose opinion on any issue is whatever will get the most votes

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1come

Other Gymnastics Terms


ACROBAT Defined for English Language Learners

acrobat

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

acrobat

noun ac·ro·bat \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat \

Definition of acrobat for Students

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


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