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

Example Sentences

performing tricks on the trapeze
Recent Examples on the Web American politics has been balancing on a narrow trapeze wire for the entire twenty-first century. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 One horn, to me, is symbolic of the split half — like the trapeze, maybe one side weighs more than the other. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 Gallagher would even have the melons pulverize one another, as seen in a 1981 trapeze skit. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The film would have taken place on the planet Transexual, in the galaxy Transylvania, and would detail, among other things, Janet's life after Brad becomes a bottomless go-go dancer and dies after falling from a trapeze. Drew Mackie, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Prior to her nuptials to Ohanian, Williams celebrated by throwing a luxurious girls' weekend in New York City, which included five-star spa treatments, trapeze-ing, tea brunches, and dancing out on the town with famous friends. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 15 Aug. 2022 Sarasota High School had a circus, a real one, with a big top and rings and a trapeze. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 Other classes include Lyra (or ‘aerial hoop’ or ‘cerceaux’), an aerial apparatus comprised of a suspended, large, circular, metal ring, trapeze and pole. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 27 June 2022 There were llamas and trapeze artists and the air smelled like horse droppings. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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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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