bi·​ath·​lete | \ bī-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce biathlete (audio) \

Definition of biathlete

: an athlete who competes in a biathlon

Examples of biathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Scott Balber, the attorney for the biathletes, told The New York Times that Prokhorov is one of the individuals supporting the lawsuit along with others. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Russian doping whistleblower countersues Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, three Olympic biathletes," 30 Apr. 2018 Lanny Barnes Image The athlete: The American biathlete will return to the Winter Olympic Games for the fourth time in a row. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "4 Athletes Selected as Artists in Residence at the Olympics," 5 Feb. 2018 Of the 15 cross-country skiers and biathletes named to Team USA, Miller is one of six women — and the only one who competes in the standing division. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At the Paralympic Games, Team Alaska consists of a rookie and a contender," 9 Mar. 2018 The three biathletes who have sued Rochenkov have not had their cases heard by CAS. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Russian doping whistleblower countersues Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, three Olympic biathletes," 30 Apr. 2018 That broke her tie with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjourndalen for most medals in the Winter Olympics. Steve Reed,, "U.S. women win 1st-ever Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing," 21 Feb. 2018 Wind and ice pellets left Olympic snowboarders simply trying to stay upright in conditions that many felt were unfit for competition, the best ski jumpers on the planet dealing with swirling gusts and biathletes aiming to shoot straight. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Wind, ice and cold are making this Olympics too wintry," 12 Feb. 2018 Among those missing were 2014 gold medalists including cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov, plus top speedskaters and biathletes. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold," 17 Feb. 2018 That idea came from biathlete Kaisa Makarainen, who Koskinin admits is probably one of the best knitters in the group. Laken Litman, USA TODAY, "Finnish team knits together at Winter Olympics," 14 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biathlete.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of biathlete

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biathlete

blend of athlete and biathlon

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about biathlete

Share biathlete

Dictionary Entries near biathlete

bias tape







Statistics for biathlete

Last Updated

14 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for biathlete

The first known use of biathlete was in 1963

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on biathlete

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with biathlete

Comments on biathlete

What made you want to look up biathlete? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to corrupt or become corrupted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!