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noun ath·lete \ˈath-ˌlēt, ÷ˈa-thə-ˌlēt\

: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

Full Definition of ATHLETE

:  a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina

Examples of ATHLETE

  1. Athletes from around the world will be competing at the Olympics.
  2. She was quite an athlete as a child.

Origin of ATHLETE

Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest
First Known Use: 15th century

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ATHLETE Defined for Kids


noun ath·lete \ˈath-ˌlēt\

Definition of ATHLETE for Kids

:  a person who is trained in or good at games and exercises that require physical skill, endurance, and strength


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