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ventriloquist

[ven-tril-uh-kwist] /vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwɪst/
noun
1.
a person who performs or is skilled in ventriloquism.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; ventriloqu(y) + -ist
Related forms
ventriloquistic, adjective
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Examples from the web for ventriloquist
  • Tired of sharing the spotlight with his two dummies, the ventriloquist went to work designing one of the first ersatz organs.
  • He has a ventriloquist's gift for altering the way he speaks.
  • It's not pulling the strings on a marionette, it's not playing ventriloquist, and it's not mimicry.
  • The festival also includes food booths and live entertainment from all types of music along with comedy and ventriloquist shows.
  • Construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.
  • Constructs puppets and ventriloquist dummies and sews accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.
  • In addition to their traditional musical performance, they brought a guest ventriloquist to entertain the students.
Word Origin and History for ventriloquist
n.

1650s, from ventriloquy + -ist. Ventriloquists in ancient Greece were Pythones, a reference to the Delphic Oracle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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