tri·​ath·​lete trī-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce triathlete (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˈa-thə-
: an athlete who competes in a triathlon

Examples of triathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though actual pacing is relative, there are certain hallmarks of a slow run, said Todd Buckingham, PhD, a runner, triathlete, and visiting professor of exercise science at Grand Valley State University. Amber Sayer, Health, 10 May 2024 Competitive sprinters, triathletes, volleyball players: no pants on them either! Tamar Adler, Vogue, 2 May 2024 Ironman operates races globally, and the bulk of triathletes take part in longer triathlons. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 Lifetime Sportswoman Award: Sandy Brown is a 67-year-old triathlete who has competed in three Ironman competitions and 26 half Ironman races. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Avani Films is led by Anu Vaidyanathan, a filmmaker, comedian and previously a long-course triathlete representing India. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Jan. 2024 The following stories, videos and photos are being published live from the Milwaukee lakefront, for the PTO Open − the professional triathlon race − as well as the USA Triathlon National Championships for amateur triathletes. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2023 Athletes such as American weightlifter Jourdan Delacruz, Canadian softball player Larissa Franklin, American rugby player Ilona Maher, and British triathlete Emma Pallant-Browne have also taken an active part in the movement along with sports enthusiasts from the Knix ecosystem. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 7 Dec. 2023 Everyday exercisers are embracing the grind usually reserved for triathletes and pro football players: two-a-days. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triathlete was in 1982

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“Triathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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