• (RP) IPA: /ˈæθ.liːt/
  • (GA, Canada) IPA: /ˈæθ.lit/
  • (proscribed) IPA: /ˈæθ.ə.liːt/

athlete (plural athletes)

  1. A participant in a group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.
    She's the first athlete in her sport to obtain a corporate sponsor.
  2. (US, Canada) A person who actively participates in physical sports, especially with great skill; a sportsperson.
  3. An exceptionally physically fit person.
Synonyms Related terms
  • -athlon
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