ae·​ri·​al·​ist ˈer-ē-ə-list How to pronounce aerialist (audio)
: one who performs feats in the air or above the ground especially on the trapeze

Examples of aerialist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only here, the classic tale also happens amid aerialists, acrobats, ballerinas, musicians and plate-spinners. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 With Dracula poised to assassinate her longtime rival, Tan rightfully brought this sensibility, and her aerialist abilities, to the role. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 One of the most immersive venues is Mr. Wanderlust, a library-aesthetic jazz and piano bar inspired by a fictional, eponymous owner, where aerialists spin from the ceiling, cabaret performers dance in hidden alcoves and live bands take the stage. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 The nerve-racking announcement was made when the aerialist won more votes than Avery Dixon, Light Balance Kids, Ana-Maria Mārgean and Aidan McCan. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 Cirque Italia features human performers with aerialists and clowns in good measure, but no animal acts. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2023 The talent coming from the singers, dancers, and aerialists was seriously unmatched. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 16 July 2023 Also just like Edge, Apex will include the three-story venue called Eden at the aft of the ship that acts as lounge and avant-garde aerialist performance stage. Richard Tribou,, 28 Oct. 2021 Elsewhere in the video, Styles dodges knives, takes in the aerialists and juggles. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aerialist was in 1846

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“Aerialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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