Definition of acrobat in English:
- 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.
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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