Definition of mathlete in English:

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mathlete

Pronunciation: /ˈmaTHlēt/

noun

informal, chiefly US
A person who takes part in a mathematics competition, especially one organized for schoolchildren.
Example sentences
  • At the start of the series, Lindsey shuns her past as a straight-A student (and state-champion "mathlete") to slum with the school's stoner contingent.
  • Darts is about sums - tricky rapid-fire addition, subtraction and multiplication that would trouble any mathlete.
  • She is a mathlete and all-around geek who is shaken existentially by witnessing her grandmother's death.

Origin

1930s: blend of mathematics (or math) and athlete.

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Syllabification: math·lete

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