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decathlon

[ dih-kath-lon ]
/ dɪˈkæθ lɒn /
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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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Origin of decathlon

1910–15; dec- + Greek âthlon prize, contest
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British Dictionary definitions for decathlon

decathlon
/ (dɪˈkæθlɒn) /

noun

an athletic contest for men in which each athlete competes in ten different eventsCompare pentathlon

Derived forms of decathlon

decathlete, noun

Word Origin for decathlon

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