athlete

noun
ath·​lete | \ ˈath-ˌlēt , nonstandard ˈa-thə-ˌlēt \

Definition of athlete

1 : a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina
2 : an animal (such as a horse or a dog) that competes in races or other sporting events or has qualities (such a stamina and agility) suggestive of a human athlete Hospice working dogs were wiry, muscular, agile, yellowish-tan or brown athletes with unexaggerated heads …— Deborah Lawson

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.

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Another young athlete whom Shiffrin has corresponded with is Angelica Bettoni, a rising 13-year-old slalom skier from Italy. Eric Willemsen, The Seattle Times, "‘Like an angel’: Shiffrin inspired by cancer survivor," 4 Feb. 2019 This would be a great gift for a college student or athlete whom may be too busy to dry their hair before heading to bed. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "DryZzz Allows You To Sleep With Wet Hair Without The Damp Pillowcase," 30 Jan. 2019 The 181 mind benders and games all use real-world scenarios that athletes, military personnel, and first responders might encounter. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can Solve This Puzzle, You Can Survive the Apocalypse," 17 Jan. 2019 They're typically used by athletes for endurance training, but the keto-friendly ones claim to energize you and offset the physical side effects of the keto flu. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 The brand also released a full-length commercial starring Kaepernick and other inspiring athletes, including Serena Williams. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Actress Jenifer Lewis Wears Nike on the Emmys Red Carpet To Support Colin Kaepernick," 17 Sep. 2018 As the ultimate venue for peacocking, the Fall 2019 collections brought out actors, athletes, and musicians eager to display their most outlandish fashions. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Game of Thrones’s Fiercest Warrior Was the Breakout Front Row Star of Paris Fashion Week," 21 Jan. 2019 There are several workouts created or inspired by athletes and celebrities, too. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "25 Best Workout and Fitness Apps to Stay Healthy in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 And this is just the latest in sweet mother-daughter moments for the athlete and her baby. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams's Daughter Steals Hearts After Applauding During Tennis Match," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of athlete

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for athlete

Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest

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athlete

noun

English Language Learners Definition of athlete

: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

athlete

noun
ath·​lete | \ ˈath-ˌlēt \

Kids Definition of athlete

: a person who is trained in or good at games and exercises that require physical skill, endurance, and strength

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