person who contended for a prize within the public games of ancient Greece or Rome
- one taught to compete in activities
- One who contended for a prize in general public games of old Greece or Rome.
- Any one taught to contend in exercises needing great physical agility and power; one that has great activity and power; a champion.
- One fitted for, or competent in, intellectual contests; as, professional athletes of debate.
early 15c., from Latin athleta "a wrestler, athlete, combatant in public places games," from Greek professional athletes "prizefighter, contestant into the games," representative noun from athlein "to contest for an award," pertaining to athlos "a contest" and athlon "a prize," which is of unknown origin. Before 1750, usually in Latin form. Within sense, Old English had plegmann "play-man." Athlete's base initially recorded 1928, for an illness which has been around a lot longer.
(letter.) One that contended for a prize into the community games of old Greece or Rome.
- (n.) Anybody trained to contend in exercises calling for great physical agility and energy; person who has great activity and power; a champion.
- (n.) One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; because, athletes of debate.
In spite of being a mediocre athlete at best, Dean had thrived on sports.