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



BrE BrE//hepˈtæθlən//
; NAmE NAmE//hepˈtæθlən//
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a sporting event, especially one for women, in which people compete in seven different sports compare biathlon, decathlon, pentathlon, tetrathlon, triathlon See related entries: Athletics Word Origin 1970s: from hepta- ‘seven’ + Greek athlon ‘contest’, on the pattern of words such as decathlon.
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