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 If a swimmer or gymnast can change school without the penalty of sitting out a year, then a football or basketball player should be able to do so, too. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten proposes 'free agency' for college athletes. Like it or not, it's the right thing to do," 2 Feb. 2020 Mowers said in the summer club gymnasts practice 24 hours per week, or more. Scott Souza,, "At Masconomet Regional, girls’ gymnasts team is a level above," 23 Jan. 2020 The International Gymnastics Federation shrunk the size of teams for the Tokyo Olympics, from five gymnasts to four. Nancy Armour, azcentral, "Jade Carey took the road less traveled, and it might get her to Tokyo Olympics quicker," 22 Jan. 2020 But Michigan State in 2018 settled claims from local patients, as well as elite gymnasts who argues the university had failed to respond to early complaints about Nassar, for $500 million. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Nassar Victims Move to Throw Out USA Gymnastics’ Bankruptcy Bid," 22 Jan. 2020 American gymnasts are taking their first 2020 steps toward the Tokyo Olympics in Indianapolis. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "'Indianapolis is a great fit' as USA gymnasts prepare for 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 21 Jan. 2020 In 2012, 16-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first African American woman — and woman of color of any nationality — to win Olympic gold in the individual all-around. Washington Post, "Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?," 12 Jan. 2020 Biles-Thomas is a member of the U.S. Army and brother of U.S. Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Judge rejects defense request to disqualify prosecutors office from Cleveland New Year’s Eve triple killing case," 6 Jan. 2020 The Belize Tourism Board, which was celebrating a visit from decorated U.S. gymnast Simon Biles on a short vacation by giving her the key to the city of San Pedro, shared their condolences to the families that were affected. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Two Americans dead, five injured in Belize bus accident," 28 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Gymnast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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