ae·​ri·​al·​ist | \ ˈer-ē-ə-list, ā-ˈir-\

Definition of aerialist

: one who performs feats in the air or above the ground especially on the trapeze

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Wallenda, the famous aerialist, eased across a wire 70 feet overhead before a 1973 University of Akron game while the marching band played circus music. Washington Post, "Icon to eyesore: Storied Akron Rubber Bowl awaits demolition," 9 June 2018 An aerialist swung from the rafters (wearing Jonathan Cohen), a choir sang in the balcony (sporting Pyer Moss), and a set of models zoomed around on Vespas (thanks Rebecca de Ravenel!). Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Fashion Show," 6 Nov. 2018 Theater review And then came the aerialist who hangs by her hair. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta,’ acro-bicyclists soar and an aerialist hovers in the air by her hair," 18 Sep. 2018 SUNDAY Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival At FringeArts, some of the region’s best aerialists and acrobats are testing their new material, combining circus with theatrical art forms. Bethany Ao,, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from June 3 to 9," 31 May 2018 Lucky for me, the crowd was soon distracted by some Cirque-style aerialists who began swinging alluringly from a nearby trapeze. Doug Maccash,, "A close encounter with Kato Kaelin at New Orleans Comic Con 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 The 14-year-old is an actress, an aerialist, a dancer and a model with a sublimely photogenic face. Marie Simoneaux,, "Data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue targets customers' credit cards," 1 Apr. 2018 Performances during the five-day Hand to Hand fest will take place on stage at FringeArts and outside in the theater’s Haas Biergarten, which will have a midway featuring local jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats. Shaun Brady,, "Philly is suddenly full of circus options, including a daring new 5-day festival," 23 May 2018 Sure, you’ll be impressed and sometimes dazzled by the agility and dexterity of Cirque’s international cast of acrobats and aerialists, by the movement of bodies through space at impossible speeds and angles that adds up to a kind of airborne dance. Don Aucoin,, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018

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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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