gym·​nast | \ ˈjim-ˌnast How to pronounce gymnast (audio) , -nəst\

Definition of gymnast

: a person trained in gymnastics

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Synonyms for gymnast


acrobat, turner

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Examples of gymnast in a Sentence

the years of training required to become a champion gymnast

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One of Burlington’s top gymnasts along with freshman Nick Kim, Ganshirt placed sixth all-around (42.0) and helped Burlington to a third-place finish at states., "2018-19 Boys' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 Samantha Cerio was able to dance at her wedding to Trey Wood two months after gymnastics career-ending injuries Auburn gymnast Samantha Cerio may have broken both knees, but that’s didn’t stop her from walking down the aisle to get married! Ashley Boucher,, "Gymnast Samantha Cerio Walks Down the Aisle After Breaking Both Knees in Horrific Injury," 7 June 2019 That 1991 photoshoot left a strong impression on Trepanier-Preston (the gymnast later married and changed her name). Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The Aerie x Aly Raisman collection launched on April 4 and is actually the gymnast's second with the company. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "How Aly Raisman and Aerie’s New Activewear Collection Supports Sexual Assault Survivors," 4 Apr. 2019 Simone Biles is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, and on the small screen, her story resonates beautifully. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Best Lifetime Channel Movies for Superfans," 21 May 2019 The show's roster included two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, beauty influencer Jackie Aina, comedian Lilly Singh, curve model Denise Bidot, and fashion blogger and cancer survivor Mama Cax, among others. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Fashion Show Sent Models Down the Runway Makeup-Free to Make a Point," 14 Sep. 2018 Rachael Denhollander was the first person to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse, which opened the door for hundreds more to come forward, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "First woman to publicly accuse Nassar reacts to MSU paying $500 million to survivors," 16 May 2018 Teigen has spoken out about the case and has been supportive of the women, who include Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Just Made a Huge Donation to the Time's Up Foundation," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gymnast

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gymnast

Middle French gymnaste, from Greek gymnastēs trainer, from gymnazein

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English Language Learners Definition of gymnast

: a person who performs various physical exercises on a mat or on special equipment as part of an athletic competition : a person who participates in the sport of gymnastics


gym·​nast | \ ˈjim-ˌnast How to pronounce gymnast (audio) , -nəst\

Kids Definition of gymnast

: a person who is skilled in gymnastics

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to take the place or position of

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