hep·​tath·​lon hep-ˈtath-lən How to pronounce heptathlon (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˈta-thə-
: a 7-event athletic contest
specifically : a composite contest for female athletes that consists of the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, the javelin throw, and the 800-meter run

Examples of heptathlon in a Sentence

She won a gold medal in the heptathlon.
Recent Examples on the Web Anna Hall won the heptathlon, Grace Stark prevailed in the 100 high hurdles and Malcolm Clemons finished runner-up in the long jump to secure spots on the U.S. team. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 1 July 2024 Colorado native Anna Hall punched her ticket to Paris on Monday, winning the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials and overcoming self-doubt with the help of an all-time great. David K. Li, NBC News, 25 June 2024 Hall won her 800 — the seventh and final event in the two-day heptathlon — to win the title and make the Olympics. Eddie Pells, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 Men compete in decathlon, while the women’s multi-event is the heptathlon. Adam Kilgore, Washington Post, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for heptathlon 

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Word History


hept- + -athlon (as in decathlon)

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heptathlon was in 1977

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“Heptathlon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptathlon. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an athletic contest made up of seven different track-and-field events

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