ac·​ro·​bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \

Definition of acrobat

1 : one that performs gymnastic feats requiring skillful control of the body
2a : one skillful at exercises of intellectual or artistic dexterity
b : one adept at swiftly changing or adapting a position or viewpoint a political acrobat

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Examples of acrobat in a Sentence

a child who is a natural acrobat with a superb sense of balance a political acrobat whose opinion on any issue is whatever will get the most votes
Recent Examples on the Web Her father was an acrobat with the Moscow Circus and her mother a gymnast. Brock Colyar, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Backup QB Justin Rogers replaced Friel and starred on offense like an acrobat soaring at center stage in O by Cirque du Soleil. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 As a poor motherless kid in London, Archibald Leach made his way as an acrobat and stilt dancer in music halls, occasionally picking pockets to support himself. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 An acrobat has been hospitalized after falling nearly 20 feet during a performance at a Massachusetts county fair, officials said., 22 July 2021 Yet, hoisted on a silky scarf rather than a rope, so is the insinuation of an aerial acrobat, a powerful woman who is in complete control. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 During Wednesday's performance, the acrobat had fallen while in one of the hoops and ended up hitting the top of the other hoop before dropping approximately 20 feet to the ground, Falmouth Fire Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher told the Times., 22 July 2021 Each 30-minute Curbside Circus performance involves a children’s dance break, photo opportunities with a flipping acrobat and the main show of physical stunts. Matthew J. Palm,, 17 June 2021 The life of every acrobat lies in unerring balance. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of acrobat

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acrobat

borrowed from French acrobates, acrobate, borrowed from Middle Greek akrobátēs "tightrope walker," agent derivative of Greek akróbatos "walking on tiptoe," from akro- acro- + -batos, verbal adjective from baínein "to walk, go" — more at come entry 1

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“Acrobat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acrobat

: someone who entertains people (as at a circus) by performing difficult and often dangerous acts (such as swinging from a bar or walking on a rope high in the air)


ac·​ro·​bat | \ ˈa-krə-ˌbat How to pronounce acrobat (audio) \

Kids Definition of acrobat

: a person skillful at performing stunts like jumping, balancing, tumbling, and swinging from a bar

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