ac·​ro·​bat·​ics ˌa-krə-ˈba-tiks How to pronounce acrobatics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the art, performance, or activity of an acrobat
: a spectacular, showy, or startling performance or demonstration involving great agility or complexity

Examples of acrobatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite Atwater’s well-deserved reputation for running racist campaigns, there were friendly private notes and photos of him with Al Sharpton and James Brown, whose onstage acrobatics Atwater was famous for trying to mimic in his own blues-guitar performances. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 May 2021 Each player controls a car capable of impossible acrobatics inside an arena where gravity and physics are apparently set to ludicrous mode. WIRED, 19 Jan. 2023 The 10 days of derring-do acrobatics and races by celebrity plane and dirigible pilots did far more than even Los Angeles boosters might have dreamed. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 Not people in situ, like Uganda's ad, but people wearing one-pieces and doing Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics to form representations of famous places. Julia Buckley, CNN, 19 Dec. 2022 The martial arts sequences are gorgeously handled in majestic wide shots; an early battle in an open field brings to mind the acrobatics in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Declan Gallagher,, 3 Nov. 2022 That time has now come, as Block released his latest demonstration of automotive acrobatics in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2022 Part of the reason critics are reaching for comparisons to titles from decades past is that Decision to Leave is a classical, restrained effort from the guy who gave us the squid scene in Oldboy and the lesbian acrobatics of The Handmaiden. Vulture, 24 May 2022 Expect dance mixed with aerial acrobatics and a sprinkling of guest artist performances. oregonlive, 19 Oct. 2022

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Word History


acrobat + -ics

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrobatics was in 1882

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“Acrobatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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noun singular or plural
ac·​ro·​bat·​ics ˌak-rə-ˈbat-iks How to pronounce acrobatics (audio)
: the art or performance of an acrobat
: stunts of or resembling those of an acrobat
airplane acrobatics

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