a person (male or female) who actively and competitvely competes in sporting events. They have kick ass bodies and are envied by many. They are usually very intelligent but sometimes afraid to show it. The term "JV" is a death sentence to a true athlete. they aren't arrogant and are usually confused with jocks who are low life losers. they wear any style except (in most cases) hippie, goth, and emo. You can find them at practice, the courts, the pool, the fields, or the track. and yes, cheerleaders and dancers ARE athletes. athletes don't give up and the female athlete tends to be a great flirt. she with many sports gets many guys.
Laura, the school's star athlete, plays soccer, volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, and water polo...WOW!