tri·​ath·​lete | \ trī-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce triathlete (audio) , nonstandard -ˈa-thə- \

Definition of triathlete

: an athlete who competes in a triathlon

Examples of triathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transition areas for triathletes — the places where athletes shift from the swim to the bike and the bike to the run — will have to be larger. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "What Will Endurance Races Look Like When They Come Back?," 21 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, hundreds of triathletes descended on Edgewater and Public Hall for registration and other pre-championship events Friday, including a 5-kilometer run., "Athletes arrive for USA Triathlon Age Group Championships, watching water conditions," 9 Aug. 2019 The prosecutor told the jury that later that day, Schmidt — a triathlete — confessed to his boss at an Oceanside sporting goods store. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Iraq war veteran stabbed sleeping stranger ‘just because he wanted to kill somebody’," 11 Sep. 2019 Alistair Brownlee, a 31-year-old U.K. triathlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist, will take fellow cycling enthusiasts on virtual bike outings, globe-trotting together on stationary bikes. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Airbnb’s New Virtual Experiences Allow You to Spend One-on-One Time with Olympians," 10 Apr. 2020 Olympic athletes are joining in, too, with a triathlete taking viewers on a virtual bike ride and a bobsledder teaching a nutrition class. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Experiences Goes Virtual With Cooking Classes, Meditations, and More," 9 Apr. 2020 The brand’s innovative cushioning and sleek look have been a hit with runners, triathletes and couch potatoes alike. oregonlive, "On: The fastest growing sneaker company you’ve never heard of," 15 Jan. 2020 Bree Soileau, a swim coach and triathlete from Texas, took to the bathtub with her fins. Victor Mather, New York Times, "No Swimming Pools? No Sports to Announce? No Problem," 27 Mar. 2020 Most of the newbies in Catalina were triathletes who were looking for a new challenge. Adam Skolnick, New York Times, "Swimrun, Sweden’s Island-to-Island Race, Comes to America," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of triathlete

1982, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2020

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“Triathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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