triathlon [trahy-ath-luh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an athletic contest comprising three consecutive events, usually swimming, bicycling, and distance running.
  2. a women’s track-and-field competition comprising the 100-meter dash, high jump, and shot put.
  3. British. a competition comprising fly-casting, horseback-riding, and trapshooting events.

Origin of triathlon First recorded in 1970–75; tri- + (dec)athlon Examples from the Web for triathlon Contemporary Examples of triathlon

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  • British Dictionary definitions for triathlon triathlon noun

    1. an athletic contest in which each athlete competes in three different events: swimming, cycling, and running

    Derived Formstriathlete, nounWord Origin for triathlon C20: from tri- + Greek athlon contest Word Origin and History for triathlon n.

    1973, from tri- “three” + Greek athlon “contest;” formed on model of decathlon, etc.

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