Definition of athlete
: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina
Examples of athlete in a Sentence
Athletes from around the world will be competing at the Olympics.
She was quite an athlete as a child.
Recent Examples of athlete from the Web
Instead coaches and administrators from coast to coast emphasize that these players are amateur student-athletes.
Finley was the lone state champion Friday from Northwest Indiana, but Region athletes earned All-State honors by cracking the top nine in 12 of the 16 events.
The bandwagon is bulging with country stars, pro athletes and people swelling with civic pride for the best show in Music City.
Lewis remembers his star athletes through the years.
Woods, 41, has no choice now but to confront the vulnerability that many elite athletes widely perceive as Kryptonite.
The Cougars were coming off their third straight sectional title and qualified a slew of athletes for the two-day meet at O'Brien Field.
Athletes take at least 0.110 of a second to respond.
Athletes eat gels, which are mostly sugar and have the consistency of frosting, for a quick energy fix.
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Origin and Etymology of athlete
Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest
First Known Use: 15th century
ATHLETE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of athlete for English Language Learners
: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength
ATHLETE Defined for Kids
Definition of athlete for Students
: a person who is trained in or good at games and exercises that require physical skill, endurance, and strength
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