Meaning of funambule in English:


Pronunciation /fjʊˈnambjuːl/


  • A person who walks or performs on a rope stretched between two points at some height above the ground; a tightrope walker; a funambulist.

    In later use only in French contexts and chiefly with reference to Philippe Petit, who in 1974 walked on a tightrope stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. Originally from classical Latin fūnambulus funambulus.