hep·​tath·​lete | \ hep-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce heptathlete (audio) \

Definition of heptathlete

: an athlete who competes in a heptathlon

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As an Olympic heptathlete, Shelia Burrell was never tripped by complacency. Drake Hills, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former heptathlete Burrell ‘creating success’ as SDSU track coach," 4 June 2018 The five-time U.S. national champion and two-time Olympian was known as one of the best heptathletes in the world during the late 1990s and 2000s. Drake Hills, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former heptathlete Burrell ‘creating success’ as SDSU track coach," 4 June 2018 Married Estonian heptathlete Grete Sadeiko on March 10. The Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Meet new Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII)," 4 Apr. 2018 A few years back, a promising British heptathlete named Jessica Ennis-Hill was hungry for a competitive edge. Devon Pendleton, Bloomberg.com, "For Olympic Glory, Athletes Need Talent and a Billionaire Backer," 15 Feb. 2018 That reference to a six-sibling family that includes an Olympic heptathlete speaks to Ackerman’s healthy relationship with Nwaba. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "David Nwaba an athletic standout for Bulls, but in his own family ...," 16 Dec. 2017 His father won the pole vault at the 1992 Pre Classic and whose mother is a Swedish former heptathlete at LSU. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Teen Armand Duplantis didn't win the Pre Classic pole vault, but he's earned his competitors' respect," 27 May 2017 Diana Pickler, a heptathlete, was a five-time All-American during her time at WSU from 2004-07. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Derek Berg leads Washington Open Invitational golf after two rounds," 23 May 2017 For a variety of reasons, Oregon didn't have a heptathlete this year. Ken Goe | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Slowly but surely Oregon State's program takes shape: Oregon track & field rundown," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of heptathlete

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heptathlete

blend of heptathlon and athlete

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