Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “athletics”

See all translations

athletics

noun [U] uk   /æθˈlet.ɪks/ us    /-ˈlet̬-/
B1 UK ( US track and field) the general name for a particular group of sports in which people compete, including running, jumping, and throwing: an athletics team/club/meeting US sports and physical activities of any type: Girls who participate in high school athletics are more likely to graduate than those who don’t.
More examples
Translations of “athletics”
in Korean 육상, 스포츠, 체육…
in Arabic ألْعاب القُوى, رياضي…
in Portuguese atletismo, esporte…
in Catalan atletisme, esports…
in Japanese 陸上競技, 運動競技…
in Italian atletica, sport…
in Chinese (Traditional) 田徑運動…
in Russian легкая атлетика…
in Turkish atletizm sporu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 田径运动…
in Polish lekkoatletyka…
(Definition of athletics from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of athletics?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “athletics” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More