Athlete Definition

ăthlēt
athletes
noun
athletes
A person trained in exercises, games, or contests requiring physical strength, skill, stamina, speed, etc.
Webster's New World
One who participates in physical exercise or sports, especially in competitive events.
American Heritage
One possessing the requisite strength, agility, and endurance for success in sports.
A natural athlete.
American Heritage

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.
Wiktionary

An exceptionally physically fit person.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
spectator
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Other Word Forms of Athlete

Noun

Singular:
athlete
Plural:
athletes

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

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