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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.


  1. athlete

    An athlete is a person who participates in physical sports, competitions, or exercises requiring strength, agility, endurance, or skill. Whether they compete on an amateur or professional level, they typically undergo intensive training routines to improve their performance and keep their bodies in top physical condition.

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. Donald Remy:

    The NCAA remains committed to modernizing The NCAA rules to enhance the college athlete experience, including allowing name, image and likeness opportunities similar to scenarios available to other students on campus.

  2. Mike Minnis:

    I think there is a misconception that every NFL player is on a 6,000-calorie diet. That is not necessarily true, one thing to consider is that the training load and stimulus of practices and overall training usually changes as the season progresses, and as a result, the athlete is not burning near the same number of calories that he was earlier in training camp and at the beginning of the season.

  3. Paul Tergat:

    As a former athlete, President of NOCK and IOC Member, I am most disturbed by these recent developments. It is telling me that whatever we have been doing is not delivering results and there is need to recalibrate our approach.

  4. Tommy Rees:

    It’s a demanding position, i think Blake’s talent is very evident the moment you see him strap on the pads. He is big – obviously (an) imposing figure – but he’s a really good athlete.

  5. Kobe Bryant:

    It wasn't me sitting there you know as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know it's like about me, and I don't like that. It was her, she was having such a good time.

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