noun, often attributive
sla·​lom | \ ˈslä-ləm How to pronounce slalom (audio) \

Definition of slalom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright obstacles (such as flags)
2 : a timed race (as on skis or in an automobile or kayak) over a winding or zigzag course past a series of flags or markers broadly : movement over a zigzag route


slalomed; slaloming; slaloms

Definition of slalom (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move over a zigzag course in or as if in a slalom

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slalom in a Sentence

Verb slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mikaela Shiffrin had her winning streak in slalom at world championships ended by Katharina Liensberger on Saturday as the title returned to Austria after 10 years. Eric Willemsen, ajc, "Rebooted: Liensberger ends Shiffrin’s gold streak in slalom," 20 Feb. 2021 But the snow surface for both men and women in the slalom was the same — resembling a sheet of sheer ice. Andrew Dampf, San Francisco Chronicle, "American Mikaela Shiffrin close to male skiers on same course at worlds," 15 Feb. 2021 In the second slalom, Randi Von Wichman beat Lantz by four seconds for the win. Anchorage Daily News, "Weather gets final say at Coca-Cola Classic alpine ski race series at Alyeska," 19 Jan. 2021 Donley and Georgia Lantz captured overall honors in the series, which began Jan. 17 with slalom races and was supposed to continue with giant slalom races the next day. Anchorage Daily News, "Delay doesn’t slow down Finnigan Donley in alpine ski races at Alyeska," 28 Jan. 2021 Sebastian Foss-Solevaag earned his first World Cup win in a slalom at Flacha, Austria, beating Austrian Marco Schwarz by 0.76 seconds., "NBA postpones 76ers-Thunder game due to COVID-19 contract tracing," 17 Jan. 2021 Shiffrin is the 2014 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion but last triumphed in slalom in December 2019., "Mikaela Shiffrin wins spot on 100th podium," 12 Jan. 2021 Switzerland's Michelle Gisin, who claimed her first slalom World Cup win in Semmering last week, completed the podium of Sunday's event. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Petra Vlhova crowned 'Snow Queen' as Mikaela Shiffrin takes fourth," 3 Jan. 2021 But in a simulated slalom, the Mach-E more than held its own against the Model Y, with comparable speeds and only slightly more body roll, another thing that will be addressed in the GT version. Eric Adams, Wired, "The Mustang Mach-E Delivers a Jolt—If You Can Find a Charge," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How could anyone judge a soul bold enough to slalom through England’s entire defense in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals? Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Diego Maradona lived the way he played, with reckless joy," 25 Nov. 2020 In this season, Remy challenges a self-parking Tesla Model X to a parallel-park-off in a Fiat 500, Cam slaloms a golf cart through a course made of shopping carts, and all of the kids get to use the simulators at the LA auto show. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Now Streaming: Backseat Drivers, a New Car Show Starring Kid Drivers," 17 Apr. 2020 Rafael Leão slalomed past several defenders to pull one back in style for Milan’s only real highlight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proud papa: Balotelli scores as daughter watches in Napoli," 29 Sep. 2019 Its highlight is an enormous parade of skiers and boarders decked out in Pride flags and costumes, slaloming down the mountain, and then marching through Whistler Village. Miles Griffis, Outside Online, "The 2020 LGBTQ+ Ski Guide," 27 Nov. 2019 On weekends, many young men drive their cars out to the desert to go off-roading, slaloming down the sides of sand dunes as spectators watch. Wired, "Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient," 26 Nov. 2019 Henrique then scored late in the second after taking the puck from Tomas Hertl and slaloming to the crease to roof a backhand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Getzlaf, Kase send unbeaten Ducks past winless Sharks, 3-1," 5 Oct. 2019 In the 89th minute, Robben galloped on to 'Robbery' partner Ribery's flick, slaloming through the Dortmund defence and scuffing a left footed shot past Roman Weidenfeller to win Bayern their fifth European Cup -12 years after their fourth., "Arjen Robben: The Flying Dutchman Who Became a Modern Legend at Bayern Munich," 16 Sep. 2019 Certainly, even a first-year space law student could slalom through those rules. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of slalom


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slalom


Norwegian slalåm, literally, sloping track

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26 Feb 2021

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“Slalom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slalom

: a race especially on skis over a winding course that is marked by flags

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