from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An athletic contest consisting of five track and field events, usually running races at two different distances, the long jump, and the discus and javelin throws.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. Antiq.) 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.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ancient athletics discipline, featuring five events: stadion, wrestling, long jump, javelin and discus
  • noun athletics modern pentathlon

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an athletic contest consisting of five different events


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek pentāthlon : penta-, penta- + āthlon, contest.]


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