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Athlete definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ATHLE'TE, n. [See Athletic.] A contender for victory.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a person trained to compete in sports [syn: athlete, jock]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athl?t?s, from athlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest Date: 15th century a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a skilled performer in physical exercises, esp. in track and field events. 2 a healthy person with natural athletic ability. Phrases and idioms: athlete's foot a fungal foot condition affecting esp. the skin between the toes. Etymology: L athleta f. Gk athletes f. athleo contend for a prize (athlon)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Athlete Ath"lete, n. [L. athleta, Gr. ? prizefighter, fr. ? to contend for a prize, ?, Hom. ?, contest, ? prize; fr. the same root as E. wed: cf. F. athl[`e]te.] 1. (Antiq.) One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome. 2. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion. 3. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(athletes) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. An athlete is a person who does a sport, especially athletics, or track and field events. Daley Thompson was a great athlete. N-COUNT 2. You can refer to someone who is fit and athletic as an athlete. I was no athlete. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Combatant, champion, contender for victory, trained contestant, gymnast, muscular expert.

Foolish Dictionary

A dignified bunch of muscles, unable to split wood or sift the ashes.

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amateur athlete, archer, ballplayer, baseballer, baseman, batter, battery, blocking back, bowman, catcher, center, coach, competitor, cricketer, defensive lineman, end, footballer, games-player, gamester, guard, infielder, jock, jumper, lineman, offensive lineman, outfield, outfielder, player, poloist, professional athlete, pugilist, quarterback, racer, skater, sport, sportsman, tackle, tailback, toxophilite, wingback, wrestler




 


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