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pɛnˈtæθ lən, -lɒnPen·tathlon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pentathlonnoun

    an athletic contest consisting of five different events


  1. pentathlonnoun

    An ancient athletics discipline, featuring five events: stadion, wrestling, long jump, javelin and discus

  2. pentathlonnoun

    modern pentathlon

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pentathlonnoun

    a fivefold athletic performance peculiar to the great national games of the Greeks, including leaping, foot racing, wrestling, throwing the discus, and throwing the spear

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. ; five + a contest.]


  1. Pentathlon

    A pentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente and -athlon. It was originally called the quinquertium, the Roman word for five events. The first pentathlon was documented in Ancient Greece and was part of the Ancient Olympic Games. Five events were contested over one day for the Ancient Olympic pentathlon, starting with the long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw, followed by the stadion and wrestling. Pentathletes were considered to be among the most skilled athletes, and their training was often part of military service—each of the five events in the pentathlon was thought to be useful in war or battle. With the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern era, the pentathlon returned in two formats. The athletics pentathlon was a modern variation on the original events, with a competition over five track and field events. The modern pentathlon, invented by Pierre de Coubertin, was a variation on the military aspect of the Ancient pentathlon. It focused on the skills required by a late 19th-century soldier, with competitions in shooting, swimming, fencing, equestrianism, and cross country running.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pentathlon

    pen-tath′lon, n. a contest consisting of five exercises—wrestling, throwing the discus, spear-throwing, leaping, and running—also Pentath′lum.—n. Pentath′lēte, one who contests in the pentathlon. [Gr. pente, five, athlon, a contest.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pentathlon

    The five exercises performed in the Grecian games, namely, leaping, running, quoiting, darting, and wrestling.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pentathlon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pentathlon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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