- The definition of an athlete is a person either trained or with natural ability to play sports.
Michael Jordan is an example of an athlete.
athlete definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin athleta ; from Classical Greek athlētēs, contestant in the games ; from athlein, to contest for a prize ; from athlos, a contest, athlon, a prize
athlete definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Latin āthlēta, from Greek āthlētēs, contestant, from āthlein, to contend, possibly from āthlos, contest.