athlete

noun ath·lete \ ˈath-ˌlēt , nonstandard ˈa-thə-ˌlēt \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

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

  1. Athletes from around the world will be competing at the Olympics.

  2. She was quite an athlete as a child.

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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

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ATHLETE Defined for English Language Learners

athlete

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

athlete

noun ath·lete \ ˈath-ˌlēt \

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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