aer·​o·​bat·​ics ˌer-ə-ˈba-tiks How to pronounce aerobatics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: spectacular flying feats and maneuvers (such as rolls and dives)
aerobat noun
aerobatic adjective

Examples of aerobatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the race, French air force aerobatics squad Patrouille de France performed a demonstration of formation changes and crossovers with eight jets. Andrew Dampf,, 8 Feb. 2023 After the World Wars, air shows expanded in popularity and showcased a variety of crafts from military surplus to a new brand of aerobatics. Dallas News, 18 Nov. 2022 The discovery of bat sonar solved the mystery of their night-time aerobatics, and the wing hairs fell into obscurity. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2011 Modified for the Thunderbirds’ aerobatics, the Thunderchiefs were awe-inspiring to watch … for six performances. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 7 Dec. 2022 Approximately 650,000 aviation enthusiasts from around the world arrive in Wisconsin at the end of July to watch aerobatics, listen to lectures and attend hands-on workshops. Emma Barnett, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2022 The Navy named Lt. Amanda Lee as one of its new pilots serving in the famous Blue Angels aerobatics team on Monday. Emma Hinchliffe and paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 20 July 2022 Patty Wagstaff, the first woman to win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic champion and a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, will perform aerobatics. al, 7 July 2022 Finally, the royal family convenes on the balcony of the palace to watch a theatrical flypast from the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatics display team. Liam Hess, Vogue, 2 June 2022 See More

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Word History


aero- + (acro)batics

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerobatics was in 1915

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“Aerobatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


noun singular or plural
aer·​o·​bat·​ics ˌar-ə-ˈbat-iks How to pronounce aerobatics (audio)
: spectacular flying feats and maneuvers
aerobatic adjective

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