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decathlon

[dih-kath-lon] /dɪˈkæθ lɒn/
noun
1.
an athletic contest comprising ten different track-and-field events and won by the contestant amassing the highest total score.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; dec- + Greek âthlon prize, contest
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  • He was a long jumper, a high jumper, a triple jumper and a decathlon participant.
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decathlon

/dɪˈkæθlɒn/
noun
1.
an athletic contest for men in which each athlete competes in ten different events Compare pentathlon
Derived Forms
decathlete, noun
Word Origin
C20: from deca- + Greek athlon contest, prize; see athlete
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Word Origin and History for decathlon
n.

1912, from deca "ten" (see ten) + Greek athlon "contest, prize," of uncertain origin. A modern Olympic event consisting of 10 challenges.

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