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
For more than a century, Civil War generals, politicians and athletes moldered in their graves largely unnoticed in the middle of Covington.
Hardy was a two-sport athlete at Elmhurst High School and finished third in the voting for IndyStar Mr. Basketball in 2004.
Among them are an Olympic athlete training for the 2020 Games, the Calleva summer camp, and Team River Runner, a kayaking program for wounded and disabled veterans.
Since his kidney transplant, Hasberry, a personal fitness trainer for elite athletes, has opened his own fitness center on Valleydale Road.
JL: For my latest collection — my fifth collection — the muse was a 1990s high school athlete.
Started in 1992, the Good Works Team brings together athletes from all NCAA divisions to recognize their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
The athletes, many whom have participated in past JCCMG & ArtFests, are looking forward to competing in two weeks in Albany and Miami.
Athletes are looked at and viewed with much more importance than teachers and professors by far by the youth.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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