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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. Doug Baldwin:

    This project is a personal passion, this facility that were building its very similar to a facility and program where I grew up back in Pensacola, Florida. Its a place I called my second home. There were resources and people that genuinely cared about me not only as a student and an athlete, but more so about me being a well-rounded human being. There was so much involved in that you cant really put a measurement around. I owe a lot to them, to that organization, to that facility, to that second home for me seeing the world the way I see it today.

  2. Gwen Berry:

    It feels like, when you're an athlete and you're standing up for racial equality and for women's rights that the people at the top don't want you to do anything other than perform for them, it's like they're saying to us: 'You're on this stage, so you have to do what we ask and it doesn't matter what you want to say.

  3. Michael Miranda:

    It sounds terrible, but she’s actually very lucky, because the rehab from this bony injury is a lot quicker than the rehab from an ACL (tear), you hate to see an athlete injured in any way, but at the same time, an ACL versus an impaction injury to the tibial plateau, this is the much better injury.

  4. Hope Dezember:

    We went to five or six doctors. He was young, he was an athlete and it hit us pretty hard on the drive home.

  5. Patricia Toro It:

    I was just going to be the single endurance athlete. I loved cycling, I loved running, and that was just going to fulfill me enough, and that was great.

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