aerialist

noun
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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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, chicagotribune.com, "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 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, Philly.com, "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, NOLA.com, "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, NOLA.com, "Data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue targets customers' credit cards," 1 Apr. 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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