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heptathlon

noun hep·tath·lon \hep-ˈtath-lən, -ˌlän, ÷-ˈta-thə-\

Simple Definition of heptathlon

  • : an athletic contest for women that consists of seven running, jumping, and throwing events

Full Definition of heptathlon

  1. :  a 7-event athletic contest; specifically :  a composite contest for female athletes that consists of the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, the javelin throw, and the 800-meter run

Examples of heptathlon

  1. She won a gold medal in the heptathlon.



Origin of heptathlon

hept- + -athlon (as in decathlon)


First Known Use: 1977

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