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decathlon

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noun de·cath·lon \di-ˈkath-lən, -ˌlän, -ˈka-thə-\

Simple Definition of decathlon

  • : a sports contest for men that consists of 10 different events

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of decathlon

  1. :  a 10-event athletic contest; specifically :  a composite contest that consists of the 100-meter, 400-meter, and 1500-meter runs, the 110-meter high hurdles, the javelin and discus throws, shot put, pole vault, high jump, and long jump

Origin and Etymology of decathlon

French décathlon, from déca- deca- + -athlon (as in pentathlon)


First Known Use: 1912

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