Definition of pentathlon in English:

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Pronunciation: /penˈtaTHlən/


An athletic event comprising five different events for each competitor, in particular (also modern pentathlon) a men’s event involving fencing, shooting, swimming, riding, and cross-country running.
Example sentences
  • Thorpe was the sensation of the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and won the pentathlon and decathlon gold medals by huge margins.
  • The 1912 Olympics in Stockholm are best remembered for Jim Thorpe's world record successes in the most demanding track and field events, the pentathlon and the decathlon.
  • After winning the pentathlon at the Olympic Games, probably in 444 BC, he went on to write one of the first training manuals.



Pronunciation: /penˈtaTH(ə)ˌlēt/
Example sentences
  • A Russian athlete and a modern pentathlete failed recent dope tests, Russian Olympic officials said yesterday, giving details of previously announced cases.
  • Modern pentathletes complete five events in a single day
  • She is the first British female modern pentathlete to qualify for the Olympic Games.


Early 17th century (denoting the original five events of leaping, running, discus-throwing, spear-throwing, and wrestling): from Greek, from pente 'five' + athlon 'contest'.

Words that rhyme with pentathlon

biathlon, heptathlon, tetrathlon, triathlon
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