athlete

noun
ath·​lete | \ ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce athlete (audio) , nonstandard ˈa-thə-ˌlēt How to pronounce athlete (audio) \

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 as 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The selection committee recognizes both a female and male athlete and contributor each year. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole Hall of Fame includes Chris DiMarco, bowling hall of famer, UCF record setter and Purple Heart recipient," 10 May 2021 The youngest of the group, at twenty, was Lyuda Dubinina, an economics major, a track athlete, and an ardent Communist, who wore her long blond hair in braids tied with silk ribbons. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved?," 10 May 2021 McCullough is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 50 player and No. 6 athlete in the country. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Dasan McCullough’s decision leaves a hole Ohio State football’s 2022 recruiting class must quickly fill: Buckeyes Recruiting," 27 Apr. 2021 The athlete and reality television star, who was born Bruce Jenner, became a household name after winning the 1976 Olympic men's decathlon. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Caitlyn Jenner files paperwork to run for California governor as a Republican," 23 Apr. 2021 Waddle is a special athlete and elite playmaker whose mere presence puts pressure on a defense. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: Top Wide Receivers," 19 Apr. 2021 Samaria Blackwell, 19, was an athlete and recent high school graduate who dreamed of becoming a police officer, friends and family members said. Anchorage Daily News, "The lives lost in the FedEx shooting in Indianapolis," 18 Apr. 2021 Samaria Blackwell, 19, was an athlete and recent high school graduate who dreamed of becoming a police officer, friends and family members said. Washington Post, "The lives lost in the FedEx shooting in Indianapolis," 17 Apr. 2021 Reporters interviewed four of the 17 swimmers and divers who in 2009 said Shaw touched them inappropriately, as well as a water polo athlete and a gymnast who competed around that time and described similar touching by Shaw. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "San Jose State makes changes in wake of sexual abuse case, reinvestigates 2009 inquiry," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Athlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/athlete. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce athlete (audio) \

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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