aerialist

[air-ee-uh-list, ey-eer-ee-uh-]
noun
1.
a trapeze artist.
2.
Slang. a burglar who gains entrance to a building or apartment by leaping from rooftop to rooftop, sliding down ropes, or the like.

Origin:
1900–05; aerial + -ist

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aerialist (ˈɛərɪəlɪst)
 
n
chiefly (US) a trapeze artist or tightrope walker

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Example sentences
She does not know that he too, is an aerialist en route to her former carnival where he is to replace her lover.
Certainly she would mourn her late husband, but her husband had been an aerialist, too-he'd also fallen and had survived his fall.
It is an agile aerialist, capable of catching flying insects on the wing.
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