Definition of athlete in English:


Line breaks: ath|lete
Pronunciation: /ˈaθliːt


  • 1A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise: he had the broad-shouldered build of a natural athlete
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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.
    sportswoman, sportsman, sportsperson; runner, racer, player, games player, gymnast, team member; competitor, contestant, contender
    informal keep-fit buff, keep-fit freak
    North American informal jock, jockstrap
  • 1.1British A person who takes part 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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