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ventriloquist

[ ven-tril-uh-kwist ]
/ vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwɪst /
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noun

a person who performs or is skilled in ventriloquism.

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Origin of ventriloquist

1650–60; ventriloqu(y) + -ist
Related formsven·tril·o·quis·tic, adjective
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ventriloquist


n.

1650s, from ventriloquy + -ist. Ventriloquists in ancient Greece were Pythones, a reference to the Delphic Oracle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper