ac·​ro·​bat ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio)
: one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
: one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity
: one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint
a political acrobat

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 Fans could enjoy dances and watch performances by violin players and acrobats dressed in historically accurate garb under chandelier lighting. Erika Tulfo, CNN, 18 June 2024 Showmen's Rest Hugo, Oklahoma Hugo, Oklahoma—a winter home for traveling circus troupes since the 1930s—is also the final resting place of dozens of iconic clowns, animal trainers, and acrobats. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 May 2023 Exporting Chinese Acrobats Chinese acrobats have been impressing circus-goers at shows like Cirque du Soleil since the 1980s. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 The new Slick City Action Park in Peoria has 10 indoor slides, an acrobat alley with a trapeze and swing, and a few sports courts to keep kids and adults entertained for hours. Meredith G. White, The Arizona Republic, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for acrobat 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrobat was in 1827

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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​ro·​bat ˈak-rə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio)
: a person (as a circus performer) who is very good at stunts like jumping, balancing, tumbling, and swinging from things
acrobatic adjective
acrobatically adverb

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