n. A person who competes in a mathematics competition.

Example Citation:
The organization of high school and junior college math scholars has watched its membership rise to 50,000 mathletes and 1,300 chapters as interest in state math competitions has increased.
—Lini S. Kadaba, "However you want to figure it, math's popularity is increasing exponentially," The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 28, 1998

Earliest Citation:
"Math meets" for "mathletes" are a monthly affair during the school year in Nassau County...

"mathletes" are capable, and interested, students who participate in contests consisting of five rounds of competition..
—"Education Summary Vol 3," Education Research Institute, January 1, 1950

This term isn't even remotely new, as the newly discovered earliest citation shows, but I'm going to leave it in the database anyway, for no other reason that I really like the term.

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