modern pentathlon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An athletic contest in which each participant competes in five events: running, swimming, horseback riding, fencing, and pistol shooting.
Variant of pentathlon
- an athletic contest in which each contestant takes part in five events (long jump, javelin throw, 200-meter dash, discus throw, and 1,500-meter run)
- in the Olympic games, a contest consisting of five events (5,000-meter cross-country horseback ride, 4,000-meter cross-country run, 300-meter swim, foil fencing, and pistol shooting)in full modern pentathlon
Origin: Classical Greek pentathlon ; from penta-, five plush athlon, a prize, contest