pentathlon

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noun pen·tath·lon \pen-ˈtath-lən, -ˌlän, ÷-ˈta-thə-\

Definition of pentathlon

  1. :  an athletic contest involving participation by each contestant in five different events; especially :  modern pentathlon

Examples of pentathlon in a Sentence

  1. the winner of the Olympic pentathlon

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The Greek word athlos means "contest or trial", so to be an athlete you had to compete in physical contests. The ancient Greek pentathlon tested warriors' skills in sprinting, long jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, and wrestling, none of which are part of today's Olympic pentathlon. But a pentathlete must still have muscles and reflexes suited to almost any kind of physical feat.

Origin and Etymology of pentathlon

Greek, from penta- + athlon contest


PENTATHLON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pentathlon for English Language Learners

  • : a sports contest for men that consists of five different events


PENTATHLON Defined for Kids

pentathlon

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noun pen·tath·lon \pen-ˈtath-lən, -ˌlän\

Definition of pentathlon for Students

  1. :  an athletic contest in which each person participates in five different events


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