triathlon

[trahy-ath-luhn]
noun
1.
an athletic contest comprising three consecutive events, usually swimming, bicycling, and distance running.
2.
a women's track-and-field competition comprising the 100-meter dash, high jump, and shot put.
3.
British. a competition comprising fly-casting, horseback-riding, and trapshooting events.

Origin:
1970–75; tri- + (dec)athlon

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triathlon (traɪˈæθlɒn)
 
n
an athletic contest in which each athlete competes in three different events: swimming, cycling, and running
 
[C20: from tri- + Greek athlon contest]
 
tri'athlete
 
n

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triathlon
1973, from Gk. tri- "three" + athlon "contest;" formed on model of decathlon, etc.
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Example sentences
Simply put, an adventure race is best thought of as an off-road triathlon.
For example, a friend of mine wanted to lose weight, so he radically changed his diet and started training for a triathlon.
The city of bath triathlon takes place annually at the university.
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