decathlete

noun
de·​cath·​lete | \ di-ˈkath-ˌlēt How to pronounce decathlete (audio) \

Definition of decathlete

: an athlete who competes in the decathlon

Examples of decathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Obrand responded that Wagner was a decathlete in the 1919 Olympics who ran for France. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 Stefan himself was a promising decathlete in Germany 40 years ago before a head-on collision with a drunk driver wedged a shard of glass from the windshield into his left eye, and six surgeries couldn’t save it. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 His father, Stefan, was a decathlete invited to a training camp in Germany. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 His father, Stefan, was a decathlete invited to a training camp in Germany. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 His father, Stefan, was a decathlete invited to a training camp in Germany. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 His father, Stefan, was a decathlete invited to a training camp in Germany. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Stefan Schauffele was a French-German decathlete in Germany who dreamed of competing in the Games. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 The father was 20 when he was invited to train with Germany’s national team as a decathlete. Time, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of decathlete

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decathlete

blend of decathlon and athlete

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Last Updated

27 Sep 2021

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“Decathlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decathlete. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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