pentathlon

pentathlon

[pen-tath-luhn, -lon]
noun
1.
an athletic contest comprising five different track and field events and won by the contestant gaining the highest total score.

Origin:
1700–10; < Greek pénthāthlon, equivalent to pent- pent- + âthlon contest

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pentathlon (pɛnˈtæθlən)
 
n
Compare decathlon an athletic contest consisting of five different events, based on a competition in the ancient Greek Olympics
 
[C18: from Greek pentathlon, from penta- + athlon contest]
 
pen'tathlete
 
n

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pentathlon
1852, from Gk. pentathlon, from pente "five" + athlon "prize, contest," of uncertain origin. Earlier in L. form pentathlum (1706). The Gk. version consisted of jumping, sprinting, discus and spear throwing, and wrestling. The modern version (1912) consists of horseback riding, fencing, shooting, swimming,
and cross-country running.
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