gym·nast | \ ˈjim-ˌnast , -nəst \

Definition of gymnast 

: a person trained in gymnastics

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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 18-year-old gymnast was detained after she was seen dancing to pop music in her bedroom and was not wearing a headscarf, which is required in the country. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Iranian woman arrested after posting Instagram video of her dancing, prompting outrage among users," 10 July 2018 That was the fourth-best score overall among the 13 Level 1 gymnasts. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Seattle gymnast Virginia Wade conquers another challenge, wins her division in all-around at Special Olympics USA Games," 3 July 2018 The most recent charges came after five former gymnasts urged an investigation into the Karolyi ranch, which is located in a secluded area of the Sam Houston National Forest, north of Houston. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Former Team USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Has Been Charged With Sexual Assault in Texas," 30 June 2018 Nassar has been accused by more than 200 women and girls including elite gymnasts of assaulting them under the guise of treatment. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "House Panel Presses U.S. Sports Officials on Handling of Sexual-Abuse Cases," 23 May 2018 Dockins, a gymnast, coaches athletes who are intellectually disabled and some who are not. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, has been released on bail, along with three other people who were detained on similar charges. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "An Iranian Teen Was Detained After Posting Dance Videos to Instagram," 9 July 2018 Five former gymnasts, including two who say Nassar abused them at the Karolyis' ranch near Huntsville, addressed reporters Thursday outside state Attorney General Ken Paxton's office. Fox News, "Nassar victims urge Texas to investigate Karolyis," 10 May 2018 Adameic, who competes as a Level 8 gymnast for Poway Gymnastics, rated that performance as so-so. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Titan soars to surprising heights," 28 Mar. 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 , -nəst \

Kids Definition of gymnast

: a person who is skilled in gymnastics

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