Definition of somersault in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌməsɒlt/


An acrobatic movement in which a person turns head over heels in the air or on the ground and lands or finishes on their feet: a backward somersault figurative Paula’s stomach turned a somersault
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  • With practice, the momentum created by the dolphin kick and hand movement initiating your somersault should allow you to land aggressively at the wall.
  • Chen, who is now playing elder sister to many of her younger classmates, has already accustomed herself to the endless backward somersaults, handstands and horse vaults.
  • My intention was this: to do a round-off on to a trampette then tuck backwards into a somersault and land on my feet.


[no object]
Perform a somersault, or make a similar movement accidentally: his car somersaulted into a ditch
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  • But that did not keep her from somersaulting to the top in the Soviet world of gymnastics.
  • Yet the product that emerged, as the Russians soared and twisted and somersaulted, was one of grace and elegance and hard-to-imagine body control.
  • Eye-witnesses reported seeing the car somersaulting.


Mid 16th century (as a noun): from Old French sombresault, from Provençal sobresaut, from sobre 'above' + saut 'leap'.

  • This word is from Old French sombresault, from Provençal sobresaut, from sobre ‘above’ and saut ‘leap’

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