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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For Mirai Aileen Nagasu, the first American to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games, regimen is everything. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Watch Professional Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Walk Us Through Her Beauty Routine," 30 July 2019 Chan did not achieve his goal on Friday, falling on a quadruple toe and triple axel. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Nathan Chen Struggles in Olympic Figure Skating Debut," 8 Feb. 2018 On Monday, teammate Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, and only the third woman overall to successfully execute it at the Olympics. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Team USA Figure Skater Vincent Zhou Just Became the First Person to Land a Quadruple Lutz at the Olympics," 16 Feb. 2018 Patrick Chan, a three-time world champion from Canada, won the team free skate but fell on a triple axel. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "For Olympic Figure Skaters, a New Meaning to Morning Routine," 12 Feb. 2018 And Mirai Nagasu became the first female U.S. figure skater to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "What's Next for Figure Skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics," 18 Feb. 2018 But for a fall on the triple axel in his short program Friday in Pyeongchang, the Girdwood figure skater might have put himself in the medal hunt in men's figure skating. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood’s Keegan Messing 10th after Olympic short program," 16 Feb. 2018 On Sunday night, the 24-year-old Californian landed a triple axel, becoming the first American woman to do so at the Olympics and the third woman to do so overall. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Mirai Nagasu Is Now the First American Woman to Land a Triple Axel at the Olympics," 12 Feb. 2018 Nagasu, 24, landed the triple axel toward the beginning of her program during the team event. Stanley Kay,, "WATCH: Mirai Nagasu Becomes First American Woman in History to Land Triple Axel at Olympics," 11 Feb. 2018

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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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