Definition of athlete noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæθliːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæθliːt//
    Athletics, Exercise
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  1. 1a person who competes in sports Olympic athletes See related entries: Exercise
  2. 2(British English) a person who competes in sports such as running and jumping See related entries: Athletics
  3. 3a person who is good at sports and physical exercise She is a natural athlete.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein ‘compete for a prize’, from athlon ‘prize’. Wordfinderathlete, champion, compete, fixture, match, record, spectator, sport, stadium, tournamentExtra examples She has the build and strength of a natural athlete. The athletes are training hard for the Olympics. athletes playing pro football one of the greatest athletes of all time It’s clear that he’s a natural athlete. Several Olympic athletes were accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. She’s a superbly gifted all-round athlete.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: athlete