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 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 The series documents the often obscure inspiration behind the acts, like the 1920s drag aerialist Barbette, and the work required to pull them off. New York Times, "Quibi: 9 Shows Worth Your Time. Or at Least a Few Minutes.," 10 Apr. 2020 An all-star lineup including dancers, aerialists and an emcee will perform during a 21-and-up burlesque show at Arlington Music Hall. Dallas News, "Things to do in Arlington: Chris Stapleton concert at new ballpark, ‘Bachelor’ finale watch party and more," 5 Mar. 2020 The aerialist is currently being monitored by the show's medical and coaching teams and is expected to return to the show soon. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Cirque du Soleil performer suffers fall during 'The Beatles LOVE' show in Las Vegas," 19 Feb. 2020 There are no animals, just jugglers and aerialists, acrobats and a goofy clown. Kristina Goetz, The Courier-Journal, "The 'little circus with a big dream' brings 'oohs' and 'ahhs' to Louisville," 13 Sep. 2019 The human circus with all kinds of what-did-I-just-see aerialists, fire knife dancers, acrobats, trapeze artists, balance acts, jugglers, mimes, musicians and singers has been reinterpreted for a run from Dec. 13-Feb. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Derring-do deux? Cirque du Soleil gives ‘Alegria’ a makeover," 5 Dec. 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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The first known use of aerialist was in 1846

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27 May 2020

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“Aerialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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