History of athletes
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13 Mar 2005 04:39 PST
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What is the origin of the word "athlete"?
Re: History of athletes
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 13 Mar 2005 04:59 PST
Dear cgc130rob, The modern English word "athlete" derives from the Ancient Latin "athleta", which was the Latinized form of the Greek noun "athletes". That means as much as "contestant in the games" or "prizefighter", and it referred to a person who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome. The Greek noun "athletes" was derived from the verb "athlein" (= to contest [for a prize]), and is related to "athlos" (= a contest) and "athlon" (= a prize). Sources: Online Etymology Dictionary: Athlete http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=athlete&searchmode=none University of Chicago: ARTFL Project - Webster Dictionary, 1913 http://machaut.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/WEBSTER.page.sh?PAGE=96 Hope this answers your question! Regards, Scriptor
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