from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A modern athletic contest, now generally limited to women's competition, in which each participant competes in five track and field events, usually the 200-meter and 1,500-meter runs, the long jump, and the discus and javelin throws.
- n. The modern pentathlon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancient athletics discipline, featuring five events: stadion, wrestling, long jump, javelin and discus
- n. modern pentathlon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fivefold athletic performance peculiar to the great national games of the Greeks, including leaping, foot racing, wrestling, throwing the discus, and throwing the spear.
- n. In the modern Olympic Games, a composite contest made up of a running broad jump, throwing the javelin, a 200-meter run, throwing the discus, and a 1500-meter run.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anc. Gr. games, a contest including five separate exercises—leaping, the foot-race, throwing the discus, throwing the spear, and wrestling—all of which took place between the same contestants, on the same day, and in a given order. The winner must have been successful in at least three exercises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an athletic contest consisting of five different events
Greek pentāthlon : penta-, penta- + āthlon, contest.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)