- a skilled performer of gymnastic feats, as walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
- a person who readily changes viewpoints or opinions.
Origin of acrobat
1815–25; < French acrobate < Greek akróbatos walking on tiptoe, equivalent to akro- acro- + -batos, verbal adjective of baínein to go; French word may be recoinage, or etymological reading of the Gk word
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Examples from the Web for acrobat
Acrobat death In 2004, Dessi Espana, a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey, fell 35 feet during a performance.
The acrobat was twirling during her performance, suspended by a chiffon scarf.
Everybody in her class was either a potential Van Gogh or an acrobat.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
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Leaning against the bar, the Chinese acrobat looks weary, though he says none of the tricks are difficult for him anymore.A Mad Feast Is the Next 'Sleep No More'
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Along the way he also picked up the skills to be an acrobat, a juggler, a wire walker, a trapeze artist, and a clown.Giovanni Zoppé’s Real-Life Family Circus
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He must have been an acrobat of the first water to manage such a thing!Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
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There was an exclamation of surprise from the second acrobat.
One of these young men is an acrobat, who will be one of us.
"Please, sir, the acrobat had my pen balanced on his nose," said Minnie feebly.Golden Moments
With the skill of an acrobat he swung one leg over the opening.Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer
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- an entertainer who performs acts that require skill, agility, and coordination, such as tumbling, swinging from a trapeze, or walking a tightrope
- a person noted for his frequent and rapid changes of position or allegiancesa political acrobat
C19: via French from Greek akrobatēs acrobat, one who walks on tiptoe, from acro- + bat-, from bainein to walk
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Word Origin and History for acrobat
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