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 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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Our women’s national soccer team serves as a standard setter for other professional leagues, other professional athletes, and beyond. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Abby Wambach Won't Stop Until the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Gets Equal Pay," 12 Mar. 2019 Guests at tonight's event include members of the local business and sporting communities such as Dame Mary Peters, a former track and field athlete who was just appointed to the prestigious Order of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Finishes Off Day One of the Royal Tour of Northern Ireland in a Missoni Dress," 27 Feb. 2019 The biggest update: removing the maximum number of sports per Games and replacing it with a maximum number of overall athletes and maximum number of events. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics," 27 Feb. 2019 In his time off the field, Mr. Kaepernick has grown into a political symbol as athletes and celebrities have rallied to his support. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Resolve Collusion Grievances With NFL," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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