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acrobat

[ ak-ruh-bat ]
/ ˈæk rəˌbæt /
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noun

a skilled performer of gymnastic feats, as walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
a person who readily changes viewpoints or opinions.

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Origin of acrobat

First recorded in 1815–25; from French acrobate, from Greek akróbatos “walking on tiptoe,” equivalent to akro- prefix meaning “height, extremity” + -batos, verbal adjective of baínein “to go”; the French word may be a recoinage, or an etymological reading of the Greek word; see acro-
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British Dictionary definitions for acrobat

acrobat
/ (ˈækrəˌbæt) /

noun

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

Derived forms of acrobat

acrobatic, adjectiveacrobatically, adverb

Word Origin for acrobat

C19: via French from Greek akrobatēs acrobat, one who walks on tiptoe, from acro- + bat-, from bainein to walk
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