Definition of acrobat in English:


Syllabification: ac·ro·bat
Pronunciation: /ˈakrəˌbat


1An entertainer who performs gymnastic feats.
More 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.
gymnast, tumbler, tightrope walker, trapeze artist, aerialist
2A person noted for constant change of mind, allegiance, etc.
More example sentences
  • What intellectual acrobat will you find stooped in the cotton fields with sore and bleeding hands?
  • Jackson is a known verbal acrobat, able to say things without really saying them.
  • Maybe he is a sort of philosophical acrobat, balancing himself in precarious equilibrium on the rope of marginality.


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

Definition of acrobat in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day animalcule
Pronunciation: ˌanəˈmalˌkyo͞ol
a microscopic animal