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This page has 3 definitions of athlete in English. Athlete is a noun. Examples of how to use athlete in a sentence are shown. Also define these 5 related words and terms: track and field, racewalking, sportsperson, physically, and fit.

See also: athlète


An athlete


From Ancient Greek ἀθλητής (athlētḗs), from ἀθλέω (athléō, compete for a prize), from ἆθλον (âthlon, prize) or ἆθλος (âthlos, competition).



athlete (plural athletes)

  1. A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.
    • 2013 March 1, David S. Senchina, “Athletics and Herbal Supplements”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 134:
      Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades. At the top of the list of popular herbs are echinacea and ginseng, whereas garlic, St. John's wort, soybean, ephedra and others are also surging in popularity or have been historically prevalent.
    She's the first athlete in her sport to obtain a corporate sponsor.
    • Racewalking definition
      A sport in which people try to walk as fast as possible, subject to the constraint that at least one foot must be on the ground at all time (or else they would be running).
  2. (US, Canada) A person who actively participates in physical sports, especially with great skill; a sportsperson.
    • Sportsperson definition
      Someone who plays sport, regardless of gender.
  3. An exceptionally physically fit person.


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