noun \hep-ˈtath-lən, -ˌlän, ÷-ˈta-thə-\

: 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

  1. She won a gold medal in the heptathlon.


hept- + -athlon (as in decathlon)
First Known Use: 1977

Rhymes with HEPTATHLON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Women's athletics competition. Contestants take part in seven different track-and-field events: 100-m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, and 200- and 800-m runs. The two-day event replaced the women's pentathlon in the Olympic Games after 1981.


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