The definition of an athlete is a person either trained or with natural ability to play sports.noun
Michael Jordan is an example of an athlete.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: L athleta < Gr athlētēs, contestant in the games < athlein, to contest for a prize < athlos, a contest, athlon, a prize
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Origin: Middle English, from Latin āthlēta, from Greek āthlētēs, contestant, from āthlein, to contend, possibly from āthlos, contest.