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

Examples of decathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ebony was a high-caliber sprinter and Will a decathlete and jumper. Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel, 11 July 2024 Her father, Rafer Johnson, was a 1960 gold medal Olympic decathlete. Erez Sherman, New York Daily News, 15 Jan. 2024 Just this month, the gold medal-winning decathlete publicly backed a New York county's recent ban on trans women competing in sports alongside cis women., 25 Mar. 2024 The former Olympic decathlete and motivational speaker has six children with three different wives: Burt Jenner, 45, and Cassandra Marino, 43, with Chrystie Scott, Brandon Jenner, 42, and Brody Jenner, 40, with Linda Thompson and Kendall Jenner, 28, and Kylie Jenner, 26, with Kris Jenner. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for decathlete 

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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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“Decathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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