Definitions for: Athlete


[n] a person trained to compete in sports



Webster (1913) Definition: Ath"lete, n. [L. athleta, Gr. ? prizefighter, fr. ? to
contend for a prize, ?, Hom. ?, contest, ? prize; fr. the
same root as E. wed: cf. F. athl[`e]te.]
1. (Antiq.) 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.

Synonyms: jock

See Also: acrobat, amateur, Babe Didrikson, Babe Zaharias, ball hawk, ballplayer, baseball player, basketball player, basketeer, Bob Mathias, bounder, cager, climber, contestant, cricketer, Didrikson, football player, footballer, gymnast, hockey player, hooker, hurdler, ice-hockey player, James Cleveland Owens, James Francis Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe, jumper, lacrosse player, leaper, letterman, lifter, Mathias, Mildred Ella Didrikson, Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias, Olympian, Owens, parachute jumper, pentathlete, pole jumper, pole vaulter, pro, professional, reserve, Robert Bruce Mathias, runner, sharpshooter, shot putter, skater, skier, skydiver, sledder, soccer player, sport, sportsman, sportswoman, striker, substitute, swimmer, swinger, tennis player, Thorpe, vaulter, weightlifter, winger, Zaharias

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