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, jock(noun)

    a person trained to compete in sports


  1. athlete(Noun)

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

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

  2. athlete(Noun)

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

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

  3. athlete(Noun)

    An exceptionally physically fit person.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Athlete(noun)

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

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

  2. Athlete(noun)

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

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

  3. Athlete(noun)

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

    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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How to pronounce athlete?

  1. Alex
    US English

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  1. athlete


  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. Sebastian Coe:

    A banned coach has to sever relationships with those athletes. That's what's taking place, coaches and athletes have to make judgments all the time. If you are coached by somebody, you should be absolutely comfortable that you are working in an environment that's safe and secure and is not going to damage you own reputation. An athlete should ask those questions.

  2. Judge Stephen Scott:

    You've been an outstanding athlete, this is an absolute tragedy.

  3. Van Niekerk:

    I'm excited to go out there and train with them, it's the world best Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, i feel I can learn a lot from them and can improve myself as an athlete.

  4. Kelli Pearson:

    This tragedy came as a huge surprise. He was an amazing person, amazing family man and an amazing athlete, fortunately, we have this technology that allows us to do this huge tribute.

  5. Simone Biles:

    When we tweet, it obviously goes a long way, were blessed to be given a platform so that people will hear and listen. But you know, its not easy coming back to the sport. Coming back to the organization that has failed you. But you know, at this point, I just try to think, Im here as a professional athlete with my club team and stuff like that. Because its not easy being out here. I feel every day is a reminder of what I went through and what Ive been through and what Im going through and how Ive come out of it.

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