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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There were also acrobats, poetry readings and a blessing of the animals at the national shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi on Vallejo Street. Nanette Asimov,, "North Beach Festival a window into soul of San Francisco," 16 June 2019 The acrobat sibling duo will cross a 1,300-foot-long wire between two New York City skyscrapers 25 stories above Times Square. Kelsey Lentz, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nik Wallenda on Challenges of Times Square High-Wire Walk: "I Have Every Distraction in the World"," 23 June 2019 There will be jousting, along with all manner of entertainers, including acrobats, jugglers, musicians and more. Phil Marty,, "Walk to Canada, watch a PGA tournament in Illinois and more Midwest summer events," 14 June 2019 Enjoy a chance to meet editors at National Geographic magazine’s China headquarters, and watch acrobats spin and climb through the air at an evening performance. National Geographic, "China High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 This trapeze act hardly made Conway the department’s leading acrobat. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 The men, at times, became rubbery acrobats, bending, buckling and then springing back to life. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "Review: A Cuban Troupe’s Strong Dancers, Less Strong Premieres," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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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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