Simple Definition of heptathlon
: an athletic contest for women that consists of seven running, jumping, and throwing events
Full Definition of heptathlon
: 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 in a sentence
She won a gold medal in the heptathlon.
Origin and Etymology of heptathlon
hept- + -athlon (as in decathlon)
First Known Use: 1977
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