Definition of diabolo in English:


Line breaks: di|ab¦olo
Pronunciation: /dɪˈabələʊ
, dʌɪ-/

noun (plural diabolos)

[mass noun]
  • 1A game in which a two-headed top is thrown up and caught with a string stretched between two sticks.
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    • After the show, children were given the chance to try juggling, plate spinning and diabolo for themselves.
    • The routines include religious folk and aboriginal dance, martial arts along with diabolo playing and shuttlecock kicking.
    • Mr Collins performed again on Monday, this time demonstrating his juggling and diabolo talents.
  • 1.1 [count noun] The wooden top used in the game of diabolo.
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    • In Quidam a group of alarmingly young-looking Chinese girls manipulate the diabolos while flinging themselves about.
    • They were very clever, only dropped one diabolo, and juggled and did acrobatics with the diabolos in time to the music.


early 20th century: from Italian, from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus 'devil'; the game was formerly called devil on two sticks.

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