catch·​er ˈka-chər How to pronounce catcher (audio)
: one that catches
specifically : a baseball player positioned behind home plate

Examples of catcher in a Sentence

The cat is a good mouse catcher.
Recent Examples on the Web Hamann was a soccer defender; Remmick wanted to play catcher for a college baseball team. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 After an eventful end to the offseason, Orioles pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota on Wednesday and will have their first official workout Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Marlins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Jupiter for spring training on Wednesday, with the team’s first official workout scheduled for Thursday morning. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 With their lineup still lacking punch on the day pitchers and catchers were due to report for spring training, the San Francisco Giants reportedly agreed to terms late Monday night with one of the National League’s leading home run hitters from a season ago. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Chuck had spent five seasons in the Brewers’ farm system as a catcher, but never made it to the big leagues. Drew Davison -, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 When compared to catchers who spent at least 60% of their careers behind the plate, his 143 career home runs rank behind 47 others. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Mauer, who will forever be remembered amongst the game’s legends, is just one of 20 catchers to receive the honor. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 23 Jan. 2024 Yeager was one of the best defensive catchers in history who had the misfortune of being a direct contemporary of the best defensive catcher in history, Johnny Bench. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catcher was in the 15th century

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“Catcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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catch·​er ˈkach-ər How to pronounce catcher (audio)
: one that catches
especially : a baseball player who plays behind home plate

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