Definition of somersault noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːlt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːlt//
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a movement in which somebody turns over completely, with their feet over their head, on the ground or in the air to do/turn a somersault He turned back somersaults. (figurative) Her heart did a complete somersault when she saw him. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun): from Old French sombresault, from Provençal sobresaut, from sobre ‘above’ + saut ‘leap’.
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