tra·​peze | \ tra-ˈpēz also trə- How to pronounce trapeze (audio) \

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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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 Springboards, rings, a trapeze and floats were provided, and the pool hosted water polo, water baseball and water basketball games. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Diving into history: Indianapolis' first municipal pool was in use more than a century ago," 29 Mar. 2019 Women in summer dresses swing on trapezes in the rain. Christopher Arnott,, "Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’: A watery wonderland under the big top making its way to Hartford’s Market Street," 6 June 2019 Ball’s discipline, called aerial circus and popularized by Cirque du Soleil, entails doing tricks on fabric, rope, trapeze, hoop, or other apparatuses suspended in the air. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Rainbow Play Systems has recalled more than 121,000 of their yellow plastic trapeze rings due reports of the rings cracking or breaking and causing injuries. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Recall Alert: Rainbow Playset Trapeze Rings," 8 Apr. 2016 More Private Properties Formerly outfitted with gangplanks, hammocks and trapeze and a jungle gym by the elder Mr. Mailer, who wished to overcome his fear of heights, the two-story atrium in the main unit is now mostly made up of glass. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Norman Mailer’s Longtime Brooklyn Home Seeks $2.4 Million," 15 May 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


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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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