American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, one who contended for a prize in the public games.
- n. Hence—2. Any one trained to exercises of agility and strength; one accomplished in athletics; a man full of strength and activity.
- n. A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.
- n. US A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports. (Known in British English as a "sportsperson".)
- n. An exceptionally physically fit person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome.
- n. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion.
- n. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests.
- n. a person trained to compete in sports
- From Ancient Greek ἀθλητής (athlētēs), from ἀθλέω (athlēō, "compete for a prize"), from ἆθλον (athlon, "prize") or ἆθλος (athlos, "competition"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin āthlēta, from Greek āthlētēs, contestant, from āthlein, to contend, possibly from āthlos, contest. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I know it's golf so the term athlete is debateable but what about Curtis Strange. sure had me fooled.”
“So what do you call the athlete who has no intention of waking up at 5 a.m. to train but who still wants to win?”
“Maiming an able bodied athlete is a lot easier than prescribing performance enhancing drugs.”
“Does one believe that the Black athlete is so much superior to the white athlete that absence of discrimination 100% of all professional athletes would be black?”
“Separating the athlete from the school would bring an end to major college sports as the bond between the team and school weakens anddies.”
“In many cases, there is an athlete from a poor family, whose talent is enough for a scholarship, which is his chance to get a college degree and “move up in the world”.”
“The ideal of the student athlete is part of the branding used by the NCAA and contributes to the overall marketability of these sports.”
“The African-American athlete is expected to act docile and not question the establishment even if wronged.”
“The reason a ticket price may go up when a new highly paid athlete is signed on to a team is because it is assumed that more people will want to come to the games, and so the stadium will charge more for greater profit, knowing that people will still pay the extra buck or two.”
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