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pentathlon

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

Simple Definition of pentathlon

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pentathlon

  1. :  an athletic contest involving participation by each contestant in five different events; especially :  modern pentathlon

Examples of pentathlon in a sentence

  1. the winner of the Olympic pentathlon



Did You Know?

The Greek word athlos means "contest or trial", so to be an athlete you had to compete in physical contests. The ancient Greek pentathlon tested warriors' skills in sprinting, long jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, and wrestling, none of which are part of today's Olympic pentathlon. But a pentathlete must still have muscles and reflexes suited to almost any kind of physical feat.

Origin and Etymology of pentathlon

Greek, from penta- + athlon contest


First Known Use: 1603


PENTATHLON Defined for Kids

pentathlon

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noun pen·tath·lon \pen-ˈtath-lən, -ˌlän\

Definition of pentathlon for Students

  1. :  an athletic contest in which each person participates in five different events




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