gym·​nast ˈjim-ˌnast How to pronounce gymnast (audio)
: a person trained in gymnastics

Examples of gymnast in a Sentence

the years of training required to become a champion gymnast
Recent Examples on the Web At one point, the film had Sam as an accomplished gymnast who did flips and tumbles past the Heathrow security staff. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Adria followed in her Olympian sister’s footsteps and was an elite gymnast for 10 years, competing throughout high school. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 High-level athletes, gymnasts in particular, have become increasingly willing to go public with mental health struggles. David K. Li, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023 The pregnant retired gymnast, 31, kept busy on the spookiest day of the year with her two kids, son Jett James, 2, and daughter Drew Hazel, 4, and shared her family's fun on Instagram. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 Now, Holmes and Radcliffe have partnered up to tell the former gymnast’s coming-of-age story leading up to and following the accident. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Nov. 2023 Retton is also the only woman to win three American Cups and the only U.S. gymnast to win Japan’s Chunichi Cup. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 On Saturday, the gymnast competes in the vault and uneven bars finals, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise finals on Sunday. Melissa Noel, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 She was joined by a few very knowledgeable individuals on all things body positivity, girlhood and sport, including Olympic gold medalists like gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Venus Williams, who both wanted to help get the word out about this issue. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French gymnaste, from Greek gymnastēs trainer, from gymnazein

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gymnast was in 1594

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“Gymnast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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gym·​nast ˈjim-ˌnast How to pronounce gymnast (audio)
: a person who is skilled in gymnastics

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