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 acrobat (audio) \ adjective
acrobatically \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈba-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acrobat (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 Yet, hoisted on a silky scarf rather than a rope, so is the insinuation of an aerial acrobat, a powerful woman who is in complete control. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 During Wednesday's performance, the acrobat had fallen while in one of the hoops and ended up hitting the top of the other hoop before dropping approximately 20 feet to the ground, Falmouth Fire Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher told the Times., 22 July 2021 Each 30-minute Curbside Circus performance involves a children’s dance break, photo opportunities with a flipping acrobat and the main show of physical stunts. Matthew J. Palm,, 17 June 2021 The life of every acrobat lies in unerring balance. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 What happened after the acrobat tried to top the Wallendas’ famous tightrope pyramid stunt? Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Crawling high up among the branches, traipsing along a 100-foot steel cable, the little creature is like a lethargic acrobat. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2021 Felony disenfranchisement would still be deeply troubling for democracy even if Griggers had become a circus acrobat instead of a cop. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 May 2021 As if all the bells and whistles weren’t enough — there’s an acrobat! Matthew J. Palm,, 11 Apr. 2021

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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