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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As an Olympic gold medalist, gymnast Aly Raisman was the picture of strength and poise. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "What We Can Learn About Self-Care From Olympian and Advocate Aly Raisman," 12 Sep. 2018 Chellsie Memmel, class of 2006, a gymnast who competed on the bars and beam, was on the Olympic team from 2004 to 2008. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis Central athletic hall of fame dotted with surprisingly many Olympic, professional and national notables," 12 June 2018 The Texas Rangers are investigating, but the gymnasts say Texas hasn't executed search warrants or secured indictments, as some statutes of limitation loom. Fox News, "Nassar victims urge Texas to investigate Karolyis," 10 May 2018 But elite gymnasts say the abuse goes back to the late 1990s. NBC News, "McKayla Maroney says she tried to raise sex abuse alarm in 2011," 22 Apr. 2018 Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch. Jim Vertuno, Detroit Free Press, "Texas governor orders criminal inquiry of gymnastics ranch," 30 Jan. 2018 Shawn Johnson East, the American gymnast who first rose to fame in the 2008 Olympics, married her NFL player husband Andrew East a year ago on April 16. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "Shawn Johnson East Opens Up About Her "Stressful" First Year of Marriage," 20 Apr. 2017 Kerri Strug landed her final vault on a torn ligament — and carried the U.S. gymnasts to Olympic Gold — 19 years ago. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "30 Things That Will Make You Feel Old," 30 June 2015 As a competitive gymnast, my after-school time was spent mastering complicated tumbling passes and back tucks on the balance beam. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 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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