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

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Choose Your Identity Luminario Ballet performs favorite repertory with special guests including aerialist Dreya Weber and singer-songwriter Tawny Ellis. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal dance listings, June 16-23: Luminario Ballet, American Contemporary Ballet and more," 14 June 2019 They’re joined by other vocalists, a full orchestra, aerialists and other performers. Matthew J. Palm,, "A trio of dance and theater options for your weekend," 5 June 2019 Sophie Turner fans might already know that the Game of Thrones actress used to take circus skills classes, and was an aerialist. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Is Wildly Flexible Thanks to Years of Circus Training," 26 May 2019 While many amputee runners and wheelchair basketball players have increasingly sizable and visible communities to turn to, Ball didn’t know any other aerialists without feet. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Her new feet wouldn’t flex, a key motion that helps aerialists brace themselves on the silks. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 As guests entered the grand ballroom following a reception, a duo of aerialists performed daredevil moves on swaths of fabric suspended from the ceiling. Candace Jordan,, "Discovery Ball raises more than $3 million for American Cancer Society," 2 May 2018 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

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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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