tra·​peze tra-ˈpēz How to pronounce trapeze (audio)
 also  trə-
: a gymnastic or acrobatic apparatus consisting of a short horizontal bar suspended by two parallel ropes

Examples of trapeze in a Sentence

performing tricks on the trapeze
Recent Examples on the Web This circus arts program at Ludlow Theatre (322 Elm St., Ludlow) teaches juggling, trapeze, gym wheel, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, plate spinning, tightwire walking, ball and stilt walking, and character development through theatrical clowning. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2024 And there are so many activities to enjoy, too—trapeze, archery, kayaking, windsurfing, rock climbing, among other resort sports, are all included in the rate. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Jan. 2023 His trapeze collection is widely credited with saving the house from financial ruin. James Sanders, Essence, 16 May 2024 Recently, the 52-year-old TV personality was spotted sporting a fab trapeze dress just outside her studio. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 11 May 2023 Accessories include two belt swings, a trapeze, a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, a 10-foot slide, and a sandbox. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2023 Supervised clubs keep kids and teens entertained with experiences ranging from trapeze training to pickleball. Karen Cicero, Parents, 8 Mar. 2024 The circus is coming to town, but the shenanigans happening under this big top aren’t the typical clown, juggler and trapeze acts. Richard Guzman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2023 The show will feature traditional circus acts, including trapeze, hand-to-hand, aerial straps, hand-to trapeze, juggling and hand balancing, all adapted to be performed on ice. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French trapèze, literally, trapezoid, from New Latin trapezium

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trapeze was in 1861

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“Trapeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


tra·​peze tra-ˈpēz How to pronounce trapeze (audio)
: a gymnastic or acrobatic device consisting of a short horizontal bar hung from two parallel ropes

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