tra·​peze | \tra-ˈpēz also trə- \

Definition of trapeze 

: 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

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Speaking of flying trapezes, had everyone seen his recent report card? George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 Early riggers also borrowed principles from other precarious fields, like mountain and rock climbing, which existed long before aerialists took to the trapeze and high wires. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How do Cirque du Soleil Performers Know They Won't Die?," 6 June 2016 Off-kilter floor-length trapeze gowns with stripes were followed by dresses that opened up or fanned out dramatically at the chest — the focal point of his best designs. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 Take the semester abroad, try that trapeze class, join the local roller derby team. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "20 Things You'll Only Understand If You're the Cool Aunt," 21 July 2017 Most of her shows involve daredevil acts like flying trapezes, dangling from her feet, etc., and this one is no exception. Chuck Yarborough,, "Pink's evolution likely will be on full display at The Q," 23 Mar. 2018 Amateurs who enjoy workouts based on circus skills, such as aerial fitness or trapeze, also use bodysuits frequently. Pia Catton, WSJ, "Serena Williams Can Rock a Bodysuit. Can You?," 5 June 2018 Then again, who sits right under the flying trapeze? George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 Sports include archery, basketball, cheer dance, fencing, flag football, go-karts, soccer, swimming, tennis and a flying trapeze. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Campers reach new heights at JCC summer camp programs," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of trapeze

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trapeze

French trapèze, literally, trapezoid, from New Latin trapezium

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English Language Learners Definition of trapeze

: a short bar that is hung high above the ground by two ropes and that is held by circus performers who perform athletic tricks on it


tra·​peze | \tra-ˈpēz \

Kids Definition of trapeze

: a short horizontal bar hung from two parallel ropes and used by acrobats

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