triathlon etymology

English word triathlon comes from English tri-, English -athlon (Contest.)

Detailed word origin of triathlon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tri- English (eng) (chemistry) Used in combination with a known element name (e.g. 'tri-silicon') to designate an unknown element that would reside three periods lower than the known element on a Mendeleev-type periodic table. See Mendeleev's predicted elements. Three.
-athlon English (eng) Contest.
triathlon English (eng) (historical) A former Olympic athletics event in which contestants compete in long jump, shot put, and 100-yard dash.. An athletics event in which contestants compete in swimming, cycling and running in turn.. Generally, a sports event in which contestant compete in a combination of three sports.

Words with the same origin as triathlon

Descendants of tri-
Trifluvian triamide triathlete tributyrin tricorder tricuspid tridermic triester trifecta trifunctional trihydrofluoride triiodo trilateral trilayer trilevel trilithium trilobite trioxygen triparalogous triphasic triseralous tristate triuranium trong
Descendants of -athlon
aquathlon decathlon heptathlon quadrathlete quadrathlon tetrathlete tetrathlon