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 Already this season Shiffrin had won three slaloms and a giant slalom race, but victory in Bansko was her first of 2020. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Mikaela Shiffrin wins 65th World Cup race to cement overall lead," 24 Jan. 2020 Mikaela Shiffrin The most dominant woman in skiiing admitted to lacking confidence after her rare second straight loss in a women’s World Cup slalom., "Skier Mikaela Shiffrin: ‘I am not somebody who really believes in myself’," 14 Jan. 2020 Hirscher won a record eight consecutive overall World Cup titles from 2012 to 2019, plus six titles each in the slalom and giant slalom disciplines and two Olympic gold medals in 2018. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "From LeBron James to Tiger Woods to Simone Biles: Who made our list of top 50 athletes this decade?," 19 Dec. 2019 In the latter, Barça possessed a man who could carry the ball and slalom through any number of tackles, creating space for others and linking up perfectly with those around him., "Frenkie de Jong Is Not Only the Heir to Barcelona's Midfield Throne, He's a Legend in the Making," 20 Oct. 2019 The Alpine combined consists of one downhill run and one slalom run — each representing Vonn’s and Shiffrin’s respective specialties. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Shiffrin Pulls Out of Downhill, Leaving Only One Chance to Face Vonn," 19 Feb. 2018 The Low-Level Obstacles portions will teach the correct ways up and down a hill, a slalom, figure eight, cones, traversing and braking on low obstacles and backing up skills for parking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Land Rover launches teen off-road driving courses," 6 Oct. 2019 Skiing: In Levi, Finland, Henrik Kristoffersen edged first-run leader Clement Noel to win the first World Cup men’s slalom of the season., "Stanford women’s soccer team advances to NCAA quarterfinals," 24 Nov. 2019 The fun kicks off with nighttime ski jumping, snow sculptures, and dual slalom bike races. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "9 of Colorado’s best winter festivals," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The last leg of the journey was hair-raising: a 30-mile-long drive along fearsomely twisty Route 128, which slaloms north and west across a forested mountain pass before dropping into the valley at Boonville. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 The group’s output lands on either side of the chamberlike feel of his early trio: complex, slaloming pieces that provide a hothouse environment for charged improvisation on one hand, and atmospheric works that privilege color and mood on the other. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Guitarist and oudist Gordon Grdina adapts to shifting contexts but always sounds like himself," 20 Apr. 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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The first known use of slalom was in 1921

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8 Feb 2020

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“Slalom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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