One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An acrobat who performs balancing feats, especially a tightrope walker.
tumbler, gymnastView synonyms
- ‘This hand-colored engraving depicts three equilibrists dancing upon two parallel ropes.’
- ‘The Equilibrist's given name was Randy May but he had legally changed it.’
- ‘A closeted, kilted singer is brutally rejected by his former partner who is now an unbalanced equilibrist.’
- ‘Not content with this bit of high-altitude aptitude, the equilibrist re-crosses the falls, first blindfolded, then on a bicycle, then on stilts, then pushing a wheelbarrow while carrying a man on his back.’
Mid 18th century: from equilibrium + -ist.
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