de·​cath·​lete di-ˈkath-ˌlēt How to pronounce decathlete (audio)
: an athlete who competes in the decathlon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bunevacz was a successful decathlete at UCLA and went on to compete in track and field events with the Filipino national team. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 22 Nov. 2022 Army’s was Gene Vidal, 27, onetime Olympic decathlete and former team captain at West Point. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 15 Nov. 2022 David Bunevacz, a former decathlete and competitor for the Philippines national team in the Southeast Asian Games, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to a scheme to defraud cannabis-industry investors. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 18 July 2022 Other celebrities joining the mix will be media personality and former Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, as well as football Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Brian Urlacher. Editors, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Aki is a co-founder at Naava, the global leader in smart greenwalls, a serial entrepreneur, venture decathlete, and a startup scientist. Aki Soudunsaari, Forbes, 6 July 2022 The Ontario decathlete has refused to give up on his dreams of Olympic glory. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 The former Olympic decathlete has positioned herself as a high-profile transgender woman since coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2015. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Difficult and dangerous, the pole vault has broken the heart of many a decathlete. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


blend of decathlon and athlete

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decathlete was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Decathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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