blue·​lin·​er ˈblü-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce blueliner (audio)
: a defenseman in ice hockey

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The blue liner took Zacha’s slick feed and ripped a wrister from the slot upstairs. Globe Staff,, 13 Dec. 2022 There’s Grushnikov, a defense-first blue liner with raw skills. Dallas News, 7 July 2022 Seth Jones camped out at the doorstep and tapped in Taylor Raddysh’s setup for the opening goal 4 minutes, 50 seconds into the game — and the Hawks’ top blue liner yelled in celebration. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 Fellow blue liner Carlo came right down Broadway to make it 2-0 at 14:04. Globe Staff,, 19 Dec. 2022 Matthew Tkachuk has been as good as advertised (ninth in scoring, 7-17–24), but missing No. 1 blue liner Aaron Ekblad for 11 of the first 14 games has stressed the Panthers’ defensive depth. Globe Staff,, 20 Nov. 2022 In part, that’s meant longer time for ex-Bruins blue liner Jarred Tinordi, who signed prior to last year with the Rangers and then came to the Blackhawks as an Oct. 10 waiver claim. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 12 Nov. 2022 Lindholm’s goal, his second as a Bruin, delivered the 3-1 lead with 6:41 gone in the second, the big Swedish blue liner following his first shot with a quick rebound from low in the left circle. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 22 Oct. 2022 Sweeney has hits like blue-chip blue liner Charlie McAvoy and goalie Jeremy Swayman. Globe Staff,, 28 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blueliner was in 1974

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Cite this Entry

“Blueliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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