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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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 Blunt nails every scene and trapezes between silly and serious with charismatic ease. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Make Dreams Come True at a Special Screening of Mary Poppins Returns," 18 Dec. 2018 There is a program that arranges experiences for guests including trapeze or cooking lessons. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Luxury Hotels America’s Wealthy and Powerful Call Home," 27 Sep. 2018 Expect trapezes, trampolines, bungees, and mind-bending gymnastics, all set to iconic songs by the Fab Four. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shows to See in Las Vegas," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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