Athlete meaning

ăth'lēt'
One possessing the requisite strength, agility, and endurance for success in sports.

A natural athlete.

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A person trained in exercises, games, or contests requiring physical strength, skill, stamina, speed, etc.
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One who participates in physical exercise or sports, especially in competitive events.
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An exceptionally physically fit person.
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A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.

She's the first athlete in her sport to come out as gay.

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(US) A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports. (Known in British English as a "sportsperson".)
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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.

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Origin of athlete

  • Middle English from Latin āthlēta from Greek āthlētēs contestant from āthlein to contend possibly from āthlos contest
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek ἀθλητής (athlētēs), from ἀθλέω (athlēō, “compete for a prize”), from ἆθλον (athlon, “prize”) or ἆθλος (athlos, “competition”).
    From Wiktionary