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 Each episode begins with a brief cameo by someone over 70 who is not famous: a woman who took up the trapeze in old age; a man who returned to playing the church organ after a 50-year break. Washington Post, 23 May 2021 With two ladders, a rope ladder, trapeze and belt swings, a tire swing, rock wall and rope, this playground will make any kid swoon. Samantha De Leon, Chron, 15 Mar. 2021 Made of sturdy, strong cedar, this swing set includes a colorful slide, a trapeze bar, as well as an upper and lower clubhouse with real windows and a door. Samantha De Leon, Chron, 15 Mar. 2021 In keeping with the spirit of the Blue Book jewels, Gadot kept the rest of her look simple with a swingy white trapeze dress and strappy heels so that the necklace could shine. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2021 Gaulthier had been working as a talent agent and manager — Ryan Gosling, Hayden Christensen and Elisha Cuthbert were among her clients — when actress Christine Lahti noticed the trapeze bar hanging in her office. Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2021 From playing a 19th-century trapeze artist in The Greatest Showman to a young woman struggling with addiction in Euphoria, Zendaya's acting has range. Irina Grechko,, 4 Feb. 2021 One by one, three girls in colorful unitards and fluffy red headdresses grabbed a two-bar trapeze. Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2021 Performing in the perpetual circus of Florida elections, Peter Antonacci is swinging on a trapeze — while juggling flaming torches above a pool of alligators. Anthony Man,, 26 Oct. 2020

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Trapeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce trapeze (audio) \

Kids Definition of trapeze

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

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