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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: sombresaut, from Latin super 'over' + saltus 'jump'


Related topics: Sport
som‧er‧sault [countable]
1DS British English a movement in which someone rolls or jumps forwards or backwards so that their feet go over their head before they stand up again
do/turn a somersault
Lana turned a somersault in midair.
2 American English a forward roll
somersault verb [intransitive]
He crashed into the table, somersaulted over it and landed on the carpet.

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