Definition of athlete in English:


Syllabification: ath·lete
Pronunciation: /ˈaTHˌlēt


  • 1A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
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    • Big money comes more quickly for athletes in other sports than it does in boxing.
    • I have noticed in the last year or two a drop-off in the number of young athletes coming into the sport.
    • Although not a natural athlete, he could perform amazing physical feats.
    sportsman, sportswoman, sportsperson; jock; Olympian; runner
  • 1.1chiefly British A person who is skilled in competitive track and field events (athletics).
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    • Any halfway competitive track athlete ought to be able to cover that in 20 seconds, tops.
    • Many local athletes competed in the North East's leading open meeting of the season.
    • Have a good week at work and best of luck to our athletes in the track and field events today!


late Middle English: from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein 'compete for a prize', from athlon 'prize'.

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