a person who performs gymnastics, especially in a competitionWord Originlate 16th cent.: from Frenchgymnaste or Greekgumnastēs
‘trainer of athletes’
, from gumnazein
, from gumnos
.Extra examplesthe Olympic gymnast who won a gold medal on a sprained ankleyoung gymnasts who have to train for up to five hours a dayHe swung down from the tree like a gymnast.She was a promising young gymnast until she injured her back.