athlete

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noun ath·lete \ˈath-ˌlēt, ÷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

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.

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

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ATHLETE Defined for English Language Learners

athlete

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noun ath·lete \ˈath-ˌlēt, ÷ˈa-thə-ˌlēt\

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

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noun ath·lete \ˈath-ˌlēt\

Definition of athlete for Students

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



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