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sports

[spawrts, spohrts] /spɔrts, spoʊrts/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a sport or sports, especially of the open-air or athletic kind:
a sports festival.
2.
(of garments, equipment, etc.) suitable for use in open-air sports, or for outdoor or informal use.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; sport + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for sportsest

sports

/spɔːts/
noun
1.
(modifier) relating to, concerned with, or used in sports: sports equipment
2.
(modifier) relating to or similar to a sports car: sports seats
3.
(Brit) Also called sports day. a meeting held at a school or college for competitions in various athletic events
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Word Origin and History for sportsest

sports

n.

atheltic games and contests, by 1660s, from sport (n.). Meaning "sports section of a newspaper" is 1913. Sports fan attested from 1921. Sportswear is from 1912. Sports car attested by 1914; so called for its speed and power:

I have just returned from the south of France, passing through Lyons, where I visited the [Berliet] works with my car, and was shown the new model 25 h.p. "sports" car, and was so impressed with this that I immediately ordered one on my return to London. [letter in "The Autocar," Jan. 7, 1914]

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