variants or saltimbanque or less commonly saltimbank
plural -s

Word History


French & Italian; French saltimbanque, from Italian saltimbanco, literally, one that jumps upon a bench, from saltare to jump (from Latin) + in (from Latin) + banco bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bank bench

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“Saltimbanco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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