[ ath-let-iks ]
/ æθˈlɛt ɪks /


(usually used with a plural verb) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
British. track-and-field events.
(usually used with a singular verb) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.

Origin of athletics

First recorded in 1595–1605; see origin at athletic, -ics

pronunciation note for athletics

See athlete. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for athletics

/ (æθˈlɛtɪks) /

noun (functioning as plural or singular)

  1. track and field events
  2. (as modifier)an athletics meeting
sports or exercises engaged in by athletes
the theory or practice of athletic activities and training
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