Definition of acrobat in English:

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acrobat

Pronunciation: /ˈakrəbat/

noun

An entertainer who performs spectacular gymnastic feats.
Example sentences
  • The Moscow State Circus is famous worldwide thanks to its spectacular displays from acrobats, clowns, gymnasts, trapeze artists and lots more.
  • The play itself begins at 8: 30 p.m., but the spectacle begins at 7: 30 with a team of acrobats performing death-defying feats.
  • Both were, of course, memorable events which used spectacular fireworks, acrobats, singers, dancers and musicians to showcase the city to the world.
Synonyms

Origin

Early 19th century: from French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs, from akrobatos 'walking on tiptoe', from akron 'tip' + bainein 'to walk'.

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  • The earliest acrobats were tightrope walkers, which explains why the word derives from Greek akrobatos, meaning ‘walking on tiptoe’. The akro- part of akrobatos meant ‘tip, end, or summit’ and is found in several other English words. The acropolis (mid 17th century) of a Greek city, most famously Athens, was the fortified part, which was usually built on a hill. Acrophobia (late 19th century) is fear of heights. An acronym (mid 20th century) is a word such as laser or Aids formed from the initial letters of other words, and an acrostic (late 16th century) is a poem or puzzle in which the first letters in each line form a word or words.

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