ae·​ri·​al·​ist | \ ˈer-ē-ə-list How to pronounce aerialist (audio) , ā-ˈir- \

Definition of aerialist

: 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 Joshua Oates, who is known onstage as Pixel, performed at House of Yes for nearly four years as an aerialist drag queen. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "It Had Aerialists, Fire Eaters and Glitter. Is Brooklyn’s Wildest Party Over?," 24 Jan. 2020 That attitude was also in effect on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach this summer, when aerialist Sam Panda was handcuffed for wearing a thong bikini after a fellow beach-goer reported her to the police. Rory Satran, WSJ, "How WFH Sweatpants Gave Way to Thong Bikinis," 26 Sep. 2020 After months of competition, Brandon ended up winning over the most votes in the end, beating out an impressive roster of contestants such as vocalist Archie Williams, aerialist Alan Silva, and the acrobatic Bello Sisters. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Brandon Leake Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent' 2020 and Broken Roots Fans Are Freaking Out," 24 Sep. 2020 Riggs worked in his family's touring show, becoming a circus aerialist and clown, influences that defined his lifelong love of entertainment. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Godfather of Twin Cities comedy scene, Dudley Riggs dies at 88," 22 Sep. 2020 Nina Kane, a professional dancer and aerialist, grew up in this tourist mecca impressed by the glamour of the big shows. Katherine Sayre And Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Coronavirus Shock Could Upend Las Vegas Economy for Years," 3 June 2020 Ask any aerialist: Working with a net has certain psychological benefits. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Electronic Stability Control: Equal Parts Safety and Fun," 24 May 2020 The visual punch of the show, though, is enough to set aside any naysayers with layers of digital projection married with amazing aerialist performances and some surprising moving original songs. Richard Tribou,, "What makes new cruise ship Sky Princess unique?," 9 Dec. 2019 The free festival features performers on multiple stages, including magicians and aerialists, along with carnival games, tarot readings and activities for children. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of aerialist

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerialist

aerial entry 1 + -ist entry 1

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“Aerialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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