tra·​peze | \ tra-ˈpēz How to pronounce trapeze (audio) 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
Recent Examples on the Web Later in the show, the singer showed off the best legs (and abs!) in the biz in a mod peekaboo trapeze dress by Georges Chakra. Alex Apatoff,, "Carrie Underwood's Most Memorable CMA Awards Outfits Through the Years," 13 Nov. 2019 For $66 per day, kids from kindergarten through 12th grade can work on their circus skills like trapeze, juggling, and stilt walking. Elizabeth Wolfe And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "From the aquarium to synagogues, here are the places that have stepped in as Chicago teachers go on strike," 17 Oct. 2019 Along with teaching circus acts like ball walking and juggling, Kapelczak offers instruction in silks, trapeze and aerial acrobatics using a lyra hoop, which is a circular steel ring suspended in the air by a cable. Ramona Sentinel, "Lora Kapelczak flies high as an aerial acrobat artist," 29 Aug. 2019 Ava, a trapeze and fabric artist, also performed during the Master Youth Intensive. Ramona Sentinel, "Lora Kapelczak flies high as an aerial acrobat artist," 29 Aug. 2019 The floor of Bunny Christie’s ostensibly naked green set cracks open to produce a crop of four-posters with plump pillows, mattresses and sheets that turn into trapezes. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Restorative Power of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’," 7 Aug. 2019 In his shows, Herzog’s marionettes roller skate, do ballet, try to charm a snake out of a basket, swing on a flying trapeze and gingerly walk a tight rope. Kimberly Fornek,, "Marionettes that dance, roller skate and swing on a trapeze visit Hinsdale Library," 30 July 2019 The dancers use ropes, silks, a trapeze, a giant hoop, a parachute, big balloons and other equipment and props to produce a real wow factor., "West Linn dance-in-the-park show mixes aerial feats, circus arts," 29 July 2019 An acrobat descends from the trapeze, soon riding on another performer’s shoulders. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Inside Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ tent, you’ll find pure enchantment," 20 June 2019

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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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The first known use of trapeze was in 1861

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“Trapeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of trapeze

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

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