noun, often capitalized
ax·​el | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce axel (audio) , ˈäk- How to pronounce axel (audio) \

Definition of axel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a jump in figure skating from the outer forward edge of one skate with 1¹/₂ turns taken in the air and a return to the outer backward edge of the other skate


biographical name
Ax·​el | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce Axel (audio) \

Definition of Axel (Entry 2 of 2)

Richard 1946–     American biochemist

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Messing, who placed fifth in Thursday’s short program, landed two quadruple jumps early in his program, one of them in combination, and landed his first triple axel but struggled with his second. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Keegan Messing places 6th at World Figure Skating Championships and improves his odds for a return trip to the Olympics," 28 Mar. 2021 American Nathan Chen unveiled his effort at a quad axel during a public practice session at one of the few competitions on the calendar this fall. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "The Sports Feats That Defied Covid," 28 Dec. 2020 Liu also became the first woman in history to successfully complete a quadruple lutz and triple axel in the same program. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "East Bay’s Alysa Liu continues figure skating dominance," 21 Sep. 2019 The kitchen’s salchows, lutzes and triple axels are matched by a classical sense of what tastes good with what. Pete Wells, New York Times, "New York’s Top 10 New Restaurants of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 In the women’s competition, two medalists landed quads, though winner Alena Kostornaia’s biggest jumps were triple axels., "BC men nick Notre Dame," 8 Dec. 2019 After overpowering the entry and two-footing the triple axel that no other American woman tries, Nagasu hit six triple jumps, including a loop in the final seconds of a stirring program. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Tennell, Nagasu, Chen earn U.S. Olympic figure skating Olympic spots," 6 Jan. 2018 At lower right, skates of all sizes are ready for some spins and axels on the ice at the T-Mobile Winter Park rental station., "Ice skating rink open in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza," 22 Nov. 2019 Liu, 14, achieved the feat despite falling on a triple axel to open her debut. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Alysa Liu Becomes First U.S. Woman to Land Quad Lutz in Junior Grand Prix Win," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of axel


1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for axel


Axel Paulsen †1938 Norwegian figure skater

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2 Apr 2021

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“Axel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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