• WordNet 3.6
    • n pentathlon an athletic contest consisting of five different events
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pentathlon A fivefold athletic performance peculiar to the great national games of the Greeks, including leaping, foot racing, wrestling, throwing the discus, and throwing the spear.
    • Pentathlon In the modern Olympic Games, a composite contest made up of a running broad jump, throwing the javelin, a 200-meter run, throwing the discus, and a 1500-meter run.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pentathlon In anc. Gr. games, a contest including five separate exercises—leaping, the foot-race, throwing the discus, throwing the spear, and wrestling—all of which took place between the same contestants, on the same day, and in a given order. The winner must have been successful in at least three exercises.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pentathlon pen-tath′lon a contest consisting of five exercises—wrestling, throwing the discus, spear-throwing, leaping, and running—also Pentath′lum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ; five + a contest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pente, five, athlon, a contest.


In literature:

They had already completed the chariot-race, and the foot-race of the pentathlon.
"Hellenica" by Xenophon
I am entered for the pentathlon, also.
"Buried Cities, Part 2" by Jennie Hall
I am entered for the pentathlon, also.
"Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae" by Jennie Hall
There were five events in the Pentathlon and ten in the Decathlon.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
The Pentathlon, so called because it comprised five exercises.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
And I don't know what you mean by the Pentathlon.
"Dick Randall" by Ellery H. Clark
And he who is beautiful for the Pentathlon is very bad for wrestling?
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
Next came the great event of the day, the "Contest of the Five Exercises," or "Pentathlon.
"Callias" by Alfred John Church

In news:

Lithuanian wins women's modern pentathlon , final gold.
Local athlete Dennis Bowsher competes in modern pentathlon .
Svoboda Captures Pentathlon Gold in Centennial Olympic Event.
The Glorious Irrelevance of Modern Pentathlon .
Suzanne Stettinius has no job but does have a shot at gold in modern pentathlon .
An unlucky year weather-wise has made planning difficult for a new race scheduled in Wilmington on Saturday, April 14, but the organizers of the Rites of Spring Pentathlon are still hoping to hold the first-time event.
Adirondack-style pentathlon coming to Whiteface.
Rites of Spring Pentathlon .
Steve Zissis and Mark Kelly star in the Duplass brothers' 'The Do-Deca- Pentathlon '.
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Red Flag Releasing have acquired The Do-Deca- Pentathlon , written, directed and produced by Jay and Mark Duplass.
Olympic Training Center to host pentathlon championships.
A Paralympic pentathlon world-record holder resettles in Edmond to train ahead of the annual UCO Endeavor Games.
East Lit junior takes advantage of jumps, wins A-AA pentathlon .
CRESTWOOD – Kyle Wiedemer's talents were put to the test as the South Oldham High School senior took the Pentathlon title at the Christian Academy Invitational April 16.
Oregon's Brianne Theisen broke her own collegiate record Friday in winning the pentathlon for the second straight year on the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships.