hep·​tath·​lete hep-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce heptathlete (audio)
: an athlete who competes in a heptathlon

Examples of heptathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother was an elite heptathlete at Florida State. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 The junior hasn’t committed to a college yet, but some university coaches surely must be eyeing her as a possible heptathlete. Lee Nichols, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Stevens actually opened up to ELLE.com about creating season 2 of of the series, which features interviews with Gomez, author Jay Shetty, vegan chef Radhi Devlukia-Shetty, TV personality Giulia De Lellis, Team USA heptathlete Chari Hawkins, and more. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 Nov. 2022 The 31-year-old heptathlete was 18 weeks pregnant. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 Former Texas A&M heptathlete Annie Kunz won the event with 6,703 points, a personal record and Olympic qualifying mark. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 June 2021 Johnson went from being a basketball star to a top heptathlete in track and field, competing at Arizona State. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 The Indiana University heptathlete and pentathlete won six Big Ten championships and was the NCAA runner-up in the 1990 pentathlon. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 The senior heptathlete closed out competition strong, winning the 800m by over four seconds at 2:08.59 to jump into eighth place in the heptathlon with 5,692 points. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 See More

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Word History


blend of heptathlon and athlete

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heptathlete was in 1981

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“Heptathlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptathlete. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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