decathlon

[dih-kath-lon]
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noun

an athletic contest comprising ten different track-and-field events and won by the contestant amassing the highest total score.

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  9. decatyl alcohol,
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Origin of decathlon

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

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British Dictionary definitions for decathlon

decathlon

noun

an athletic contest for men in which each athlete competes in ten different eventsCompare pentathlon
Derived Formsdecathlete, noun

Word Origin for decathlon

C20: from deca- + Greek athlon contest, prize; see athlete

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Word Origin and History for decathlon

decathlon

n.

1912, from deca "ten" (see ten) + Greek athlon "contest, prize," of uncertain origin. A modern Olympic event consisting of 10 challenges.

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