[ ih-kwil-uh-brist, ee-kwuh-lib-rist, ek-wuh- ]
/ ɪˈkwɪl ə brɪst, ˌi kwəˈlɪb rɪst, ˌɛk wə- /


a performer who is skilled at balancing in unusual positions and hazardous movements, as a tightrope walker in a circus.

Origin of equilibrist

From the French word équilibriste, dating back to 1750–60. See equilibrium, -ist

Related forms

e·quil·i·bris·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for equilibrist


/ (ɪˈkwɪlɪbrɪst) /


a person who performs balancing feats, esp on a high wire

Derived Forms

equilibristic, adjective
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