Definition of athlete in English:

athlete

Syllabification: ath·lete
Pronunciation: /ˈaTHˌlēt
 
/

noun

1A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
sportsman, sportswoman, sportsperson; jock; Olympian; runner
1.1chiefly British A person who is skilled in competitive track and field events (athletics).
More example sentences
  • 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!

Origin

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

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