pen·​tath·​lete | \ pen-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce pentathlete (audio) , nonstandard -ˈta-thə- \

Definition of pentathlete

: an athlete participating in a pentathlon

Examples of pentathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "USD student makes U.S. Olympic team in sport climbing," 19 Aug. 2019 Her father is a lawyer and her brother, Arthur, is an Olympic pentathlete. Morgan M. Evans,, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Be Page Boy and Bridesmaid in Their Teacher's Wedding to Prince William’s BFF," 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,, "Hard to find reason to care about Los Angeles 'winning' Olympic honors," 4 Aug. 2017 Alsop passed himself off as an Olympian and joined the Great Britan women's hockey team and modern pentathletes during a celebratory parade in Manchester last year. Chris Chavez,, "How a fan with fake credential snuck into press conference, walked out with Conor McGregor," 16 July 2017 Two modern pentathletes and one sailor were also barred as were one wrestler and six cyclists. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Russians at the Rio Olympics: Who’s in, and Who’s Out?," 26 July 2016

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First Known Use of pentathlete

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Pentathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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