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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The Special Olympics champion and gymnast, who started training at the age of five, entered Aerie’s social media contest by submitting a video. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 Over the weekend, the internet crowned a new viral star: UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's Perfect 10 Floor Routine Is Everything You Need In Your Life Right Now," 14 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, gymnasts at all levels and their member clubs are in limbo as to how this will affect them. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Olympics Committee Moves to Decertify USA Gymnastics," 6 Nov. 2018 Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Fox News, "NCAA clears Michigan State in Nassar sexual-assault scandal, school says," 30 Aug. 2018 Among the group were Aly Raisman, gymnast Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, and Sarah Klein. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "At the ESPYs, Aly Raisman and More Than 140 Other Abuse Survivors Were Honored For Their Courage," 19 July 2018 He’s been accused of molesting hundreds of people, including Olympic gymnasts and Michigan State athletes, over a decades-long span. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Michigan gubernatorial candidate joined by Nassar victim's parents in latest campaign ads," 19 Sep. 2018 Chelsea Werner, a gymnast and model with Down syndrome; Jillian Mercado, a model with spastic muscular dystrophy; and Mama Cax, a blogger, model, amputee, and disability advocate, all know this experience firsthand. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 Former Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman reads her testimony at the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gymnast Aly Raisman speaks about abuse at the Waukesha Women's Center annual luncheon," 25 Apr. 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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