plural RBIs or RBI
: a run in baseball that is driven in by a batter
also : official credit to a batter for driving in a run
led the league in RBIs

Examples of RBI in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jared Sprague-Lott had a big debut as a Razorback, hitting a tying home run to open the second inning, adding an RBI single in the third and playing flawless defense at third base, including a sharp over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to end the fifth inning. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 Derek Curiel had two hits, including an RBI double, and Brady Murrietta had two RBIs. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Join shop owner Quartermaine and guests Roddy Rod, RBI, 2-Tone Jones and others for a tribute sure to include music from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Slum Village and much more. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Average during deal: 127 games, .256, 23 homers, 82 RBI. Chuck Murr, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Mitch Garver broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh, Nathan Eovaldi threw six gritty innings and the Texas Rangers are World Series champions for the first time in their 63-year franchise history after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night. CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023 The Dodgers did mount a brief rally in the seventh, stringing together four straight singles — including RBI hits from Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández, who started in place of rookie James Outman — to cut the Arizona lead in half. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 But an Ozzie Albies RBI single in the sixth gave the Braves life, and Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run home run of his own in the seventh. Ryan Morik, Fox News, 10 Oct. 2023 Frank Robinson, the Orioles’ first Black star, led the league in batting average, home runs and RBI to win baseball’s Triple Crown. Gary Gately, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

run batted in

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of RBI was in 1921

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“RBI.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/RBI. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

plural RBIs or RBI
: a run in baseball that is driven in by a batter
Etymology

run batted in

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