: of, relating to, or being any of various competitive athletic events (such as running, jumping, and weight throwing) performed on a running track and on the adjacent field

Examples of track-and-field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Girls in Campbell’s softball and track-and-field programs allegedly changed in the bleachers by a practice field in open view, holding up jackets to cover each other. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Rather, Jackson said that her daughter is a gifted track-and-field athlete hoping to follow in her father's footsteps. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 The 27-year-old is France’s reigning heptathlon champion and competes for the track-and-field team at Azusa Pacific University. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 More than 2,000 athletes from about 200 countries have gathered in Budapest, Hungary, for the 2023 World Athletics Championships, competing in 49 track-and-field events. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 21 Aug. 2023 On the flip side, some transgender individuals have successfully overturned such decisions, including a 12-year-old transgender girl in West Virginia who competed in school cross-country and track-and-field competitions. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 In a pointed letter to City Hall on Monday, the New York Cricket League, which encompasses six cricket clubs, joined several parks organizations, two soccer clubs, a baseball league and two track-and-field groups in urging City Hall to find a new location. Dana Rubinstein, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Then, a 67-year-old man took to the field and stood at the top of the throwing circle, stopping the elementary school track-and-field event in British Columbia, Starr said. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 While Dunne competes in gymnastics, a star Olympic sport with a loyal following on the college level, Hurley participates in a track-and-field discipline that barely causes an Olympic ripple. Time, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of track-and-field was in 1905

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“Track-and-field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/track-and-field. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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: of, relating to, or being sports events (as racing, throwing, and jumping contests) held on a running track and on an enclosed field
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