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funambulist

Line breaks: fu¦nam|bu¦list
Pronunciation: /fjuːˈnambjʊlɪst
 
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Definition of funambulist in English:

noun

A tightrope walker.
Example sentences
  • The masked funambulist Ginés de Pasamonte was disguised as the puppeteer Master Pedro?
  • Then, from one generation the next, the Venetians battled the elements like funambulists walking a tight-rope.
  • After all, both men were both expert funambulists, having risen to the rank of Black Belt in the Ringling Brothers School of Aerial Arts.

Origin

late 18th century: from French funambule or Latin funambulus (from funis 'rope' + ambulare 'to walk') + -ist.

Derivatives

funambulism

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Funambulism has many potential pitfalls.
  • In North America, funambulism was taken to new heights during the 1850s when Frenchman Jean Francois Gravelet got international attention by performing a number of stunts overtop Niagara Falls.
  • The trapeze artist provides a crash course in funambulism.

Words that rhyme with funambulist

noctambulist, somnambulist

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