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

Definition of gymnast

: a person trained in gymnastics

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the years of training required to become a champion gymnast
Recent Examples on the Web Maggie Nichols, the titular gymnast in the film Athlete A, was the first athlete to file a complaint with USA Gymnastics against Larry Nassar., "After Countless High-Profile Abuse Scandals, U.S. Gymnastics Is Entering A New Era Of Joy," 9 Feb. 2021 The gymnast explained how a couple of elements in the routine represented different aspects of her background. Emily Shiffer, SELF, "Who Is Nia Dennis? 7 Things to Know About the UCLA Gymnast," 26 Jan. 2021 Das, a former college gymnast, is a professional dancer and choreographer and has performed with Beyonce, Pink and Usher. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis goes viral again with routine honoring Black culture," 25 Jan. 2021 The multi-faceted routine marks the second time Dennis has gone viral as a gymnast. April Siese, CBS News, "UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis celebrates "Black Excellence" in floor routine that went viral," 25 Jan. 2021 Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, chef Emeril Lagasse, former NFL star Matt Leinart, Rita Moreno, beloved Dodger's announcer Vin Scully, Dascha Polanco, and Gary Sinise will all make special appearances. Lauren Huff,, "How to watch the reimagined 2021 Rose Parade," 31 Dec. 2020 Scherzinger went with Grimes, while Thicke guessed gymnast Gabby Douglas. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' recap: Popcorn, Jellyfish and Seahorse unmasked in heated semi-finals," 4 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, the most persuasive voice in this story is that of the gymnast, Wiskus. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "More clarity is needed on U's decision to cut sports," 18 Dec. 2020 Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal in the individual rhythmic category at the European Championships, becoming the first athlete to win the prize in decades who was not from a former Soviet country or Bulgaria., "Emirati royal in talks on buying Israeli soccer team," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of gymnast was in 1594

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20 Feb 2021

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“Gymnast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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