decathlon etymology

English word decathlon comes from English deca-, English -athlon (Contest.)

Detailed word origin of decathlon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
deca- English (eng) In the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 10. Symbol: da. Ten.
-athlon English (eng) Contest.
decathlon English (eng) A contest in science and math proving skill.. An athletic contest consisting of ten events which includes sprinting, hurdling, jumping, and throwing over a span of two days.

Words with the same origin as decathlon

Descendants of deca-
dakat decaborane decacarbonyl decachlorobiphenyl decacyclic decagon decagram decahedron decahistidine decahydrate decakatal decalogy decamer decamillennial decamillionaire decangular decanormal decare decastyle decasyllabic decatetraene decillion tetradecahedron tetraphosphorus decasulfide
Descendants of -athlon
aquathlon heptathlon quadrathlete quadrathlon tetrathlete tetrathlon triathlete triathlon