Definition of traceur in English:


Pronunciation /traˈsəː//ˈtreɪsə/


  • A person who takes part in the activity of parkour or free running.

    ‘railings, walls, stairs, benches, bollards, and concrete structures are all there to be conquered, say the traceurs’
    • ‘In short, a traceur's spiritual goal is to attain perfect fluidity of movement, while conquering his/her fears.’
    • ‘Sebastien was accompanied by a group of British Traceurs who were shown training with him prior to the tour.’
    • ‘I am also very fascinated by parkour and am a novice traceur.’
    • ‘The traceurs' passion for the discipline helps to spread the PK word.’
    • ‘Also known as free running, parkour is basically an urban extreme sport where a person - the traceur - completes a 'run', overcoming obstacles with a variety of moves including jumps, vaults, spins and wall runs.’
    • ‘It features Sebastian and two fellow traceurs (whom he met in Lisses five years ago) fulfilling their goal to "adapt parkour".’
    • ‘You don't have to be a skilled traceur to experience this, just try to jump across a few benches or so.’
    • ‘I wonder how traceurs feel about this kind of game.’
    • ‘Traceurs often talk about "the flow" they experience while running.’
    • ‘In trying to free themselves from social restraints, the traceurs create and foster their own.’
    • ‘It also seems that London traceurs have been exploring the potential for parkour around the estate architecture.’
    • ‘The fictional plot centred around the Yamakasi, a group of traceurs despised by the police for causing havoc in the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘He talks about the struggles he had not only with overcoming his ligament injury but the conflicts amongst the pioneering traceurs as parkour diversified.’
    • ‘The participant (or traceur) attempts to move through his or her environment as quickly and fluidly as possible by running, jumping, and climbing past any obstacles that come in their path.’
    • ‘Being both a magic practitioner and a traceur, I'd say that when you do parkour it is very easy to tap into the "flow of the city".’
    • ‘Does the speed at which parkour has caught on around the globe, and the vigour with which the traceurs (quite literally) throw themselves into the sport surprise him?’
    • ‘He did gave a heads up on a open casting call for traceurs (practitioners of parkour) at his official blog site.’


Early 21st century: French, literally ‘tracer’.