What does Athlete mean?

Definitions for Athlete
ˈæθ lit; æθˈlɛt ɪk; æθˈlɛt ɪks; ˈæθ əˌlit; ˌæθ əˈlɛt ɪk; ˌæθ əˈlɛt ɪksath·lete

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. athlete, jocknoun

    a person trained to compete in sports


  1. athletenoun

    A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.

  2. athletenoun

    A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports. (Known in British English as a "sportsperson".)

  3. athletenoun

    An exceptionally physically fit person.

  4. Etymology: From ἀθλητής, from ἀθλέω, from ἆθλον or ἆθλος.


  1. Athlete

    An athlete (also sportsman or sportswoman) is a person who competes in one or more sports that involve physical strength, speed, or endurance. Athletes may be professionals or amateurs. Most professional athletes have particularly well-developed physiques obtained by extensive physical training and strict exercise accompanied by a strict dietary regimen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Athletenoun

    one who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome

  2. Athletenoun

    any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion

  3. Athletenoun

    one fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate

  4. Etymology: [L. athleta, Gr. prizefighter, fr. to contend for a prize, , Hom. , contest, prize; fr. the same root as E. wed: cf. F. athlte.]


  1. Athlete

    A sportsperson, is a person trained to compete in a sport involving physical strength, speed or endurance. Sports people may be professional or amateur. Most professional sports people have particularly well-developed physiques obtained by extensive physical training and strict exercise accompanied by a strict dietary regimen. The word "athlete" is a romanization of the Greek: άθλητὴς, athlētēs, one who participates in a contest; from ἂθλος, áthlos, or ἂθλον, áthlon, a contest or feat. The term may be used as a synonym for sportspeople in general, but it also has stronger connotations of people who compete in athletic sports, as opposed to other sporting types such as horse riding and driving. In British English athlete can also have a more specific meaning of people who compete in the sport of athletics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Athlete

    ath′lēt, n. a contender for victory in feats of strength: one vigorous in body or mind. The form Athlē′ta survived till the later half of the 18th century.—adj. Athlet′ic, relating to athletics: strong, vigorous.—adv. Athlet′ically.—n. Athleticism (ath-let′i-sizm), the act of engaging in athletic exercises: devotion to athletics.—n.pl. Athlet′ics, the art of wrestling, running, &c.: athletic sports. [Gr. athlētēsathlos, contest.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A dignified bunch of muscles, unable to split wood or sift the ashes.

Editors Contribution

  1. athlete

    A person trained to play a specific sport.

    The athletes were very sturdy and healthy.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Athlete in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Athlete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Athlete in a Sentence

  1. Kit McConnell:

    For the first time we have a process and a structure to make sure the athlete has their moment.

  2. Lindsey Vonn:

    You pay a price for throwing yourself down the mountain and Im going to be paying that price for the rest of my life, but thats part of being an athlete yousacrifice yourself andyour body.

  3. Michael Adams:

    ( Brown) hired the assistant coach, the administrative assistant and recruited the student-athlete involved, the committee held him responsible.

  4. Justin Anderson:

    Transition for any athlete any level -- high school level, college level, professional level -- a lot of our identity is tied up in the sport, and when we’re no longer as or are an athlete, it can be hard to find purpose or meaning again, people have to reinvent themselves, and that can be a really challenging thing to do, especially when you’ve been given so much through that sport.

  5. John Murdy:

    It's very physical so in some ways it's like being an athlete because whatever they're going to do they're going to do every ten seconds, literally thousands and thousands if not millions of times so a lot of it has to do with being in control of their body and being able to be this close to people without actually touching them.

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