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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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 Approaching a problem differently can mean breaching your comfort zone — a challenge with which Jacoby is familiar, given her background as an aerialist who trained in two different circus troupes while taking a year off from Stanford. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "How This Former Circus Performer Is Turning Google Maps Into the Next Big Thing in Gaming," 12 Apr. 2018 Early riggers also borrowed principles from other precarious fields, like mountain and rock climbing, which existed long before aerialists took to the trapeze and high wires. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How do Cirque du Soleil Performers Know They Won't Die?," 6 June 2016 So in our act, the girl that goes into the illusions is an aerialist [Rachael Kean] and has the stage to herself for a few minutes. Shaun Brady,, "Woke magic at the Merriam: 'Girls don't have to think their only role is to get in the box and get sawn in half.'," 19 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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