gym·​nast | \ˈjim-ˌnast, -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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Maroney, now 22, said Geddert did not react, while the other gymnasts appeared surprised. Alice Park, Time, "McKayla Maroney Says She Reported Larry Nassar Sex Abuse to Coach in 2011 – and Nothing Happened," 22 Apr. 2018 USA Gymnastics has eight regions, with the top seven gymnasts in each age division from each region's Regional Championships advancing to this competition. Luann Gibbs,, "Junior Olympics National Championships headed to Cincinnati," 17 Apr. 2018 Dantzscher, Jalynne’s older sister, was the first Olympic gymnast to sound the alarm about Dr. Larry Nassar, filing a lawsuit and going public in 2016. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "At last, gymnast vindicated for speaking out against abuse," 10 Mar. 2018 If the selection procedure were to follow that used before Rio 2016, the gymnasts for the team all-around competition would be chosen by a three-person committee following the U.S. Olympic trials in '20. Tom Taylor,, "After the Larry Nassar Scandal, Where Does USA Gymnastics Go From Here?," 7 Feb. 2018 Nassar, who has been sentenced to decades in prison, also worked for USA Gymnastics, where some of the top gymnasts in the sport have accused him of molesting them. Ralph D. Russo, Detroit Free Press, "NCAA’s Mark Emmert defends efforts on protecting college athletes," 27 Jan. 2018 Many of the gymnasts who were abused by Nassar are also suing USA Gymnastics, accusing the organization of not doing enough to prevent the assaults, or of allowing them to continue. Eben Novy-williams,, "AT&T Latest to Abandon USA Gymnastics After Sex Abuse Scandal," 23 Jan. 2018 His Russian wife, Katya, a former gymnast and model, showed up in the rose garden with three of their five dogs. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Arron Banks: The brash British millionaire who backed Brexit, befriended the Russian ambassador and loves Trump," 30 June 2018 Five former gymnasts implored authorities last month to determine whether the Karolyis could have prevented abuse at their facility., "New sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar in Texas," 29 June 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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