Definitions

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

Etymologies

Greek pentāthlon : penta-, penta- + āthlon, contest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The contestants compete in a pentathlon with Olympic skater Apolo Ohno as their coach.

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  • The Olympic testing programme has been unfurling with a quiet precision and understated efficiency since May, such that the number of events that have already taken place, from modern pentathlon to mountain biking, would probably surprise you apparently there was even a trial of Wimbledon as the Olympic tennis venue – it was called the All England Championships and won by a Novak Djokovic.

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  • Van Commenee, who will announce on Tuesday the athletes due to compete for the British team in Paris, was more hopeful for Ennis, the world indoor pentathlon champion.

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO—Competitors in the aeronautical pentathlon are an elite group, and not just because there are so few of them—less than 100.

    The Aeronautical Pentathlon Has Six Events—and Flying Doesn't Count

  • Aeronautical pentathlon—which inexplicably has six events—is a riff on the modern pentathlon at the Olympics.

    The Aeronautical Pentathlon Has Six Events—and Flying Doesn't Count

  • Marcelo Feitosa One of the quirks of aeronautical pentathlon is that, despite the name, the in-air competition does not directly decide the winner of the six-event sport.

    A Strange Sports Medley

  • As host of the World Military Games, Brazil's aeronautical pentathlon team practiced full-time for months in advance.

    A Strange Sports Medley

  • Marcelo Feitosa A competitor in the World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro prepares for the flying portion of the aeronautical pentathlon, one of the world's most obscure sports.

    A Strange Sports Medley

  • Competitors in the aeronautical pentathlon are an elite group.

    A Strange Sports Medley

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