AskDefine | Define athlete

Dictionary Definition

athlete n : a person trained to compete in sports [syn: jock]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'æθ.li:t/


  1. A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports. (Known in British English as a "sportsperson".)
  2. A participant in track and field sports.



A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports
  • Albanian: atlet, atlete
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 運動員, 运动员 (yùn dòng yuán)
  • Czech: sportovec
  • Danish: sportsudøver
  • Dutch: atleet
  • Finnish: atleetti
  • German: Sportler/Sportlerin /
  • Greek: αθλητής (athlitís), αθλήτρια (athlítria)
  • Japanese: (, undō senshu)
  • Polish: sportowiec , sportsmenka
  • Portuguese: atleta
  • Russian: спортсмен, атлет
A participant in track and field sports

Extensive Definition

An athlete is a sportsperson in a general sense or specifically a competitor in athletics (track and field) events.
Athlete may also refer to:
  • Athlete (band), an indie rock band from London
  • ATHLETE (robot), or All Terrain Hex Limb Extra Terrestrial Explorer, a proposed NASA lunar explorer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amateur athlete, archer, ballplayer, baseballer, baseman, batter, battery, blocking back, bowman, catcher, center, coach, competitor, cricketer, defensive lineman, end, footballer, games-player, gamester, guard, infielder, jock, jumper, lineman, offensive lineman, outfield, outfielder, player, poloist, professional athlete, pugilist, quarterback, racer, skater, sport, sportsman, tackle, tailback, toxophilite, wingback, wrestler
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