pen·​tath·​lete pen-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce pentathlete (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˈta-thə-
: an athlete participating in a pentathlon

Examples of pentathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John elaborates on this in the caption, recalling his own experience as an Olympian, powerlifter, and pentathlete. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 4 Oct. 2022 Former Olympian, pentathlete and weightlifter Dan John has had a huge impact on the fitness world, as a strength and performance coach and fitness writer. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 14 Sep. 2022 His father was an Olympic athlete Hewitt's father, John Alfred Hewitt, was a pentathlete who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 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 third-gen Continental made a leap in looks, turning the previous model's enforcer physique into that of a pentathlete. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2021 Raboutou is just the seventh of what figures to be nearly a 600-person U.S. team, joining three open water swimmers, two modern pentathletes and a triathlete. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2019 Her father is a lawyer and her brother, Arthur, is an Olympic pentathlete. Morgan M. Evans,, 24 June 2019 Not so much for the pentathletes and archers and water polo-ers and fencers and other assorted quadrennials who play their games out of sight and out of mind. Bernie Lincicome,, 4 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pentathlete was in 1828

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“Pentathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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