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 Jeremy Taiwo was a world-class decathlete, a competition that requires excellence in 10 different events, from pole vaulting and discus throwing to a variety of runs. Washington Post, "In sports, winners get the glory. What happens to everyone else?," 18 Sep. 2020 Former Oregon decathlete Mitch Modin takes viewers of his vlog through his first throwing practice in a long time. oregonlive, "Why Sally Kipyego is in Kenya, English Gardner is speaking out and Phil Knight is being honored: Oregon track & field rundown," 14 June 2020 The Bell High School decathletes are: Gilbert Castro, Rubi Espinoza, Cindy Soto, Armando Aguilar, Danny Arteaga, Emanuel Perez, Diego Mora, Isabelle Torres and Andrew Vargas. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Bell High wins LAUSD’s 2020 Academic Decathlon, a first for the school," 8 Feb. 2020 In this vlog, decathlete Mitch Modin does a killer 400-meter workout on grass. oregonlive, "Fairly tale conclusion to Ella Donaghu’s collegiate career gets put on hold: Oregon track & field rundown," 7 Apr. 2020 Three-sport letterman Jordan Kent, decathlete Santiago Lorenzo, and javelin throwers Robert Parke and Jill Smith are among those to be inducted by the UO Athletic Hall of Fame. Ken Goe,, "Debate about Hayward continues; getting to know Andrew Bumbalough: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 Apr. 2018 Luke Franzke became a five-time city champion and college decathlete who followed his dad into high school coaching. oregonlive, "Bill Franzke was the high school coach you never forget, and in his time of trial his athletes have not," 18 Sep. 2019 Shirtless decathlete Mitch Modin vlogs about his pre-meet routine., "Shouldn’t USATF find a way to fill the stadium for a national championship? Oregon track & field rundown," 28 July 2019 Isaiah Oliver played flag football, before attending to Brophy Prep and became an All-Arizona defensive back and a decathlete in track and field during his last year (2014-15) in high school. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Atlanta Falcons DB Isaiah Oliver returns to Brophy Prep to give back to kids," 12 July 2019

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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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26 Sep 2020

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“Decathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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