Definition of Athlete

1. Noun. A person trained to compete in sports.

Definition of Athlete

1. n. One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome.

Definition of Athlete

1. Noun. A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports. (Known in British English as a "sportsperson".) ¹

3. Noun. An exceptionally physically fit person. ¹

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Definition of Athlete

1. one skilled in feats of physical strength and agility [n -S] : ATHLETIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Athlete

1. 1. One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome. 2. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion. 3. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate. Origin: L. Athleta, Gr. Prizefighter, fr. To contend for a prize, Hom, contest, prize; fr. The same root as E. Wed: cf. F. Athlete. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Athlete

athlete (current term)
athlete's foot
athlete's girdle
athlete's girdles
athlete's heart
athletic competition
athletic contest
athletic facility
athletic field
athletic game
athletic heart
athletic injuries
athletic protector

Literary usage of Athlete

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1. Masterpieces of Greek Sculpture: A Series of Essays on the History of Art by Adolf Furtwängler (1895)
"Of this there would be no danger in a statue with the victor's chaplet, and bearing besides its appropriate inscription. An athlete statue thus ..."

2. Therapeutic Gazette (1917)
"In the athlete with this optimum or with the weaker dose of caffeine, ... In- the non-athlete the pulse-rate was almost three times as much, ..."

3. Theatrical and Circus Life: Or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-room and Sawdust by John Joseph Jennings (1882)
"The athlete who displayed his prowess or skill in the arenas of ancient ... The successful athlete, acrobat, or charioteer of two thousand years ago was a ..."

4. Discipline and the Derelict: Being a Series of Essays on Some of Those who by Thomas Arkle Clark (1921)
"The student crowd will go wild over a successful athlete, shouting themselves hoarse in proclaiming his excellencies, and fighting like demons to get a ..."

5. History of Greece, and of the Greek People, from the Earliest Times to the by Sir John Pentland Mahaffy, Victor Duruy, M. M. Ripley (1892)
"There was a wreath on the head, perhaps of gold, and the representation seems to be of an athlete or chariot-driver. It dates from the second half of the ..."

6. Individual Training in Our Colleges by Birdseye, Clarence F., 1854-1927 (1907)
"But when the athlete came to reply, no longer attempting to defend the athletic ... A well-trained college athlete has often a far better training for life, ..."

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