ven·​tril·​o·​quist | \ ven-ˈtri-lə-kwist How to pronounce ventriloquist (audio) \

Definition of ventriloquist

: one who uses or is skilled in ventriloquism especially : one who provides entertainment by using ventriloquism to carry on an apparent conversation with a hand-manipulated dummy

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ventriloquistic \ (ˌ)ven-​ˌtri-​lə-​ˈkwi-​stik How to pronounce ventriloquistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ventriloquist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, Pixar plays on adult fears—creepy dolls and ventriloquist dummies —as well as universal themes of loss and love. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "All 21 Disney Pixar Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best," 21 Oct. 2019 Lerner’s own arsenal has always included a composer’s feel for orchestration, a ventriloquist’s vocal range and a fine ethnographic attunement. New York Times, "Ben Lerner’s ‘The Topeka School’ Revisits the Debates of the ’90s," 3 Oct. 2019 Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne was the runner-up, while sand artist Kseniya Simonova came in third. Eric Todisco,, "AGT: The Champions Will Feature Connie Talbot, Duo Transcend, Tyler Butler-Figueroa and More," 19 Nov. 2019 His masterpiece is described on eBay thusly: A one of a kind, handcrafted Timothée Chalamet ventriloquist figure, dressed in a recreation of the Louis Vuitton outfit worn to the 2019 Golden Globes, complete with beaded and sequined harness. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Man Responsible For That Viral $122,795 Timothée Chalamet Doll Would Love to See You Do Better," 12 June 2019 The event, a fundraiser for American Cancer Society, will cost $40 per person for the meal and 75-minute show featuring ventriloquist Tom Crowl, magician Dave Thomen and comedian Randy David. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Holiday season starting up with Christmas Market, Winterfest," 11 Nov. 2019 Goosebumps 2 features the return of Slappy the ventriloquist dummy who terrorizes a family in an effort to create one for himself. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 14 Oct. 2019 An interactive musical performance by In2ative will get under way at 5 p.m. More entertainment for youngsters takes place Sunday (Sept. 8) at 2:45 p.m. with ventriloquist Daniel Jay, and another 2:45 p.m. performance by juggler The Amazing Blake., "Annual Lyndhurst Home Days, promising ‘something for everybody,’ set for Sept. 6-8," 29 Aug. 2019 Her brother, publisher Jeremy Tarcher, married the late ventriloquist Shari Lewis. NBC News, "Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of ventriloquist

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ventriloquist

Late Latin ventriloquus "person who appears to produce speech sounds from within his or her body (as during spirit possession or under control of a deity)" (from Latin ventr-, venter "belly, abdomen" + -i- -i- + -loquus, agent derivative of loquī "to speak") + -ist entry 1 — more at venter, eloquent

Note: The Late Latin word was coined as a translation of Greek engastrímythos.

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The first known use of ventriloquist was circa 1656

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14 Dec 2019

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“Ventriloquist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ventriloquist

: a performer who is able to speak in a way that makes it appear that the words are being said by a large doll (called a dummy)


ven·​tril·​o·​quist | \ ven-ˈtri-lə-kwəst How to pronounce ventriloquist (audio) \

Kids Definition of ventriloquist

: a person skilled in speaking in such a way that the voice seems to come from a source other than the speaker

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