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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪmnæst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪmnæst//
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a person who performs gymnastics, especially in a competition Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French gymnaste or Greek gumnastēs ‘trainer of athletes’, from gumnazein ‘exercise naked’, from gumnos ‘naked’.Extra examples the Olympic gymnast who won a gold medal on a sprained ankle young gymnasts who have to train for up to five hours a day He swung down from the tree like a gymnast. She was a promising young gymnast until she injured her back.
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