back·​lin·​er ˈbak-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce backliner (audio)
plural backliners
: a defensive player on a team's back line (as in ice hockey or soccer) : defenseman
David … has emerged as a reliable puck-moving backliner.Pierre McGuire, Sports Illustrated, 12 Apr. 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backliner was in 1927

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“Backliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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