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ath·lete

 (ăth′lēt′)
n.
1. One who participates in physical exercise or sports, especially in competitive events.
2. One possessing the requisite strength, agility, and endurance for success in sports: a natural athlete.

[Middle English, from Latin āthlēta, from Greek āthlētēs, contestant, from āthlein, to contend, possibly from āthlos, contest.]

athlete

(ˈæθliːt)
n
1. (Athletics (Track & Field)) a person trained to compete in sports or exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance
2. a person who has a natural aptitude for physical activities
3. (Athletics (Track & Field)) chiefly Brit a competitor in track and field events
[C18: from Latin via Greek athlētēs, from athlein to compete for a prize, from athlos a contest]

ath•lete

(ˈæθ lit)

n.
a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, coordination, stamina, or strength.
[1520–30; < Latin āthlēta < Greek āthlētḗs, derivative of āthleîn to contend for a prize <âthlos contest]
pron: athlete, athletic, and athletics are normally pronounced (ˈæθ lit) (æθˈlɛt ɪk) and (æθˈlɛt ɪks) The pronunciations (ˈæθ əˌlit) (ˌæθ əˈlɛt ɪk) and (ˌæθ əˈlɛt ɪks) with an unstressed vowel inserted between the first and second syllables, are usu. considered nonstandard.

athlete

- Derived from Greek athlon, "prize" or "contest"—which also gives us triathlon (etc.); it should be pronounced ATH-leet—with two syllables, not three.
See also related terms for prize.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.athlete - a person trained to compete in sportsathlete - a person trained to compete in sports
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
acrobat - an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
amateur - an athlete who does not play for pay
ball hawk - a team athlete who is skilled at stealing or catching the ball
ballplayer, baseball player - an athlete who plays baseball
basketball player, basketeer, cager - an athlete who plays basketball
climber - someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains; "the lead climber looked strong still but his partner often slumped in his ropes"
cricketer - an athlete who plays cricket
football player, footballer - an athlete who plays American football
gymnast - an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics
hockey player, ice-hockey player - an athlete who plays hockey
hooker - (rugby) the player in the middle of the front row of the scrum who tries to capture the ball with the foot
hurdler - an athlete who runs the hurdles
jumper - an athlete who competes at jumping; "he is one hell of a jumper"
lacrosse player - an athlete who plays lacrosse
letterman - an athlete who has earned a letter in a school sport
Olympian - an athlete who participates in the Olympic games
pentathlete - an athlete who competes in a pentathlon
pro, professional - an athlete who plays for pay
runner - a trained athlete who competes in foot races
sharpshooter - an athlete noted for accurate aim
shot putter - an athlete who competes in the shot put
skater - someone who skates
skier - someone who skis
sledder - someone who rides a sled
soccer player - an athlete who plays soccer
sportsman, sportswoman, sport - someone who engages in sports
striker - a forward on a soccer team
second-stringer, substitute, reserve - an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
swimmer - a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets; "he was an Olympic swimmer"
swinger - someone who swings sports implements
tennis player - an athlete who plays tennis
pole jumper, pole vaulter, vaulter - an athlete who jumps over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
lifter, weightlifter - an athlete who lifts barbells
winger - (sports) player in wing position

athlete

noun sportsperson, player, runner, competitor, contender, sportsman, contestant, gymnast, games player, sportswoman He was a great athlete.
Translations
لاعِب رِياضيلاعِب رِياضِيّ
atletatletkasportovec
atletidrætsudøver
atleto
atleettiurheilija
atletičar
atlétasportoló
íòróttamaîur
運動選手
운동 선수
atletasatletikaatletiškassportininkas
atlētssportists
atlét
atletšportnik
friidrottare
นักกีฬา
vận động viên

athlete

[ˈæθliːt]
A. Natleta mf
B. CPD athlete's foot N (Med) → pie m de atleta

athlete

[ˈæθliːt] nathlète mfathlete's foot nmycose f du piedathlete's village nvillage m des athlètes

athlete

nAthlet(in) m(f); (= specialist in track and field events)Leichtathlet(in) m(f); he is a natural athleteer ist der geborene Sportler

athlete

[ˈæθliːt] natleta m/f

athlete

(ˈӕθliːt) noun
a person who is good at sport, especially running, jumping etc. Hundreds of athletes took part in the games.
athˈletic (-ˈle-) adjective
1. of athletics. He is taking part in the athletic events.
2. good at athletics; strong and able to move easily and quickly. He looks very athletic.
athˈletics (-ˈle-) noun singular
the sports of running, jumping etc or competitions in these. Athletics was my favourite activity at school.

athlete

لاعِب رِياضِيّ atlet atlet Athlet αθλητής atleta urheilija athlète atletičar atleta 運動選手 운동 선수 atleet idrettsutøver sportowiec atleta легкоатлет friidrottare นักกีฬา atlet vận động viên 运动员

athlete

n atleta mf
References in classic literature ?
One of the things I am going to do, after the Magic works and before I begin to make scientific discoveries, is to be an athlete.
There does not seem to be much of the athlete about you.
Stalky be an athlete, and tell Ipps to put him in the stable room.
It would have been rather awkward," remarked Brown, "if you had found he was a popular athlete practising a mile race.
Cecil's voice came: "My dear Freddy, I am no athlete.
He exults in it as the strong swimmer in the heaving billows, as the athlete in the wrestle, the soldier in the battle.
As she walked beside Archer with her long swinging gait her face wore the vacant serenity of a young marble athlete.
He was of the type which is all muscle and no constitution; athletes one year, dead men the next; but until this moment the athlete had been to me a mere and incredible tradition.
Though but ten years old he was fully as strong as the average man of thirty, and far more agile than the most practiced athlete ever becomes.
The athlete appeared injured at the admission of the "beggar" into the company.
D'Artagnan, riding fast, thinking as constantly, alighted from his horse in Pairs, fresh and tender in his muscles as the athlete preparing for the gymnasium.
The lower of the three is Gilchrist, a fine scholar and athlete, plays in the Rugby team and the cricket team for the college, and got his Blue for the hurdles and the long jump.