Definition of athlete
- Hospice working dogs were wiry, muscular, agile, yellowish-tan or brown athletes with unexaggerated heads …
- —Deborah Lawson
Athletes from around the world will be competing at the Olympics.
She was quite an athlete as a child.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength
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