decathlon

[dih-kath-lon]
noun
an athletic contest comprising ten different track-and-field events and won by the contestant amassing the highest total score.

Origin:
1910–15; dec- + Greek âthlon prize, contest

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decathlon (dɪˈkæθlɒn)
 
n
Compare pentathlon an athletic contest for men in which each athlete competes in ten different events
 
[C20: from deca- + Greek athlon contest, prize; see athlete]
 
de'cathlete
 
n

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decathlon
1912, from deca "ten" + Gk. athlon "contest, prize." A modern Olympic event consisting of 10 challenges.
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He was a long jumper, a high jumper, a triple jumper and a decathlon participant.
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