Definition of gymnast in English:



  • A person trained or skilled in gymnastics.

    • ‘She started as a gymnast after finding motivation from watching the Olympic Games as a child.’
    • ‘She may use a mental technique gymnasts are trained in: the art of erecting an impermeable wall after each passing moment.’
    • ‘The gymnasts competed for the first time according to the new compulsory program.’
    • ‘From then on coaches and girls alike realised that a smaller gymnast meant a better gymnast.’
    • ‘In the men's competition, a different gymnast was in the lead in each of the six events.’
    • ‘It would be incorrect to ascribe the victories of our gymnasts to me, personally.’
    • ‘The team format calls for three gymnasts to compete per event with three scores counting.’
    • ‘The team she joined was made up of gymnasts who won gold medals at the Olympics in Mexico.’
    • ‘The gymnasts train Monday to Saturday, seven hours a day.’
    • ‘His principle is to train a gymnast who will immediately stand head and shoulders above all the others.’
    • ‘To compete in Sydney, gymnasts have to turn 16 by the end of the year.’
    • ‘The son of two college gymnasts, Lance was enrolled in gymnastics from an early age.’
    • ‘Everyone agrees that Olympic divers and gymnasts are competitive athletes.’
    • ‘The gymnasts are incredible athletes operating under excruciating pressure.’
    • ‘Her younger sister, Olga, is a former gymnast who is studying to be a gymnastics coach.’
    • ‘Eight gymnasts were in Calgary for the past week training in the first of two camps.’
    • ‘Both the gymnasts and coaches have put a lot of effort into training for this competition, and we are delighted with the results.’
    • ‘Other women gymnasts were unavailable to compete in the cup for one reason or another.’
    • ‘Thirteen years ago I spent three weeks in Auckland as a gymnast competing for Wales in the Commonwealth Games.’
    • ‘For example, it is the problem of the same gymnasts competing in both tournaments.’
    sportswoman, sportsman, sportsperson
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Late 16th century: from French gymnaste or Greek gumnastēs ‘trainer of athletes’, from gumnazein ‘exercise naked’ (see gymnasium).