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 acrobatic (audio) \ adjective
acrobatically \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈba-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acrobatically (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 But for all his bullishness, some critics say that Cirque’s problems predate the pandemic and that its groundbreaking artistry has given way to facile story lines and kitsch spectacle, like acrobats in frog costumes. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?," 17 May 2020 Onlookers in Times Square watched from below and through windows in buildings as the acrobats crossed over each other in the middle. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Nik Wallenda Will Walk High-Wire Across Active Volcano on Live TV: 'I Must Admit It Is Scary'," 14 Jan. 2020 His parents, circus acrobats, were casualties in a mob-protection racket. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "Batman and His Many Robins," 5 Mar. 2020 The festival, scheduled for April 4 from 12 to 4 p.m., will also feature musicians, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, poets and the like. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Two new festivals come to Houston this spring: Sights & Sounds and Art Bike Parade," 19 Feb. 2020 Malatsi has been a contortionist and acrobat, and performed on the teeterboard and as a DJ, among other jobs on his way to the ringmaster’s mic. Cindy Dampier,, "‘Inside the tent, it’s one big party.’ Meet the UniverSoul Circus performers who’ve been wowing Chicago for generations," 5 Nov. 2019 Bands on tour carry the memory of itinerant troubadours and acrobats caravanning from town to town, performing on makeshift stages in the village square. New York Times, "What Happens When We Lose the Art That Brings Us Together?," 20 Mar. 2020 There may be a beginners’ course offered for aspiring acrobats. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Wizbang Circus coming to town, bringing the mayhem to Cedar-Lee," 24 Feb. 2020 Contortionist Strauss Serpent and acrobats Sandou Trio Russian Bar advanced through to the semifinals by way of superfan votes. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'AGT: The Champions': Silhouettes' 'fake' dog act makes Heidi Klum cry, earns Golden Buzzer," 28 Jan. 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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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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