[trahy-ath-luh n]


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

Nearby words

  1. triaryl,
  2. triarylmethane dye,
  3. trias,
  4. triassic,
  5. triathlete,
  6. triatic stay,
  7. triatoma,
  8. triatomic,
  9. triaxial,
  10. triazine

Origin of triathlon

First recorded in 1970–75; tri- + (dec)athlon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for triathlon



an athletic contest in which each athlete competes in three different events: swimming, cycling, and running
Derived Formstriathlete, noun

Word Origin for triathlon

C20: from tri- + Greek athlon contest

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Word Origin and History for triathlon



1973, from tri- "three" + Greek athlon "contest;" formed on model of decathlon, etc.

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