- Proper noun. (baseball) The team The Oakland Athletics, previously Kansas City Athletics and Philadelphia Athletics.
- Proper noun. (US, sports) Nickname for manyathleticteams whose full name includes "Athletics".
- Noun. Competitive activities such as sports and games requiring stamina, fitness and skill.
- Noun. A group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.