catch·​er | \ ˈka-chər How to pronounce catcher (audio) , ˈke-\

Definition of catcher

: one that catches specifically : a baseball player positioned behind home plate

Examples of catcher in a Sentence

The cat is a good mouse catcher.

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The agreement signals an end to the Mets’ pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year deal," 16 Dec. 2018 The two men wept Aug. 25, 2016, when the Dodgers traded Ellis to Philadelphia for catcher Carlos Ruiz. Andy Mccullough,, "Kershaw continues to make progress on the mound in Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Padres," 10 July 2018 The Oilmen won 6-5 in Game 2 on a walk-off single by catcher Jake Perreira combined with a Bloomington fielding error. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Getting better all the time: Chad Patrick finds groove pitching for Oilmen," 9 July 2018 Cyclones pitcher Kyle Wilson threw a wild pitch and a subsequent throwing error by catcher Nick Meyer allowed the second run to score. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds get sweep with 5-4 win at Brooklyn," 8 July 2018 Realmuto only last week cracked the top five in fan voting among catchers. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Preparing to become a father, Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto receives well-earned All-Star nod," 8 July 2018 Evan Gattis singled, Gonzalez walked and both scored on catcher Tim Federowicz's double to the warning track in right center in front of the Astros' bullpen for a 3-0 lead. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Lance McCullers' career high night helps lead Astros past White Sox," 7 July 2018 From Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to a host of closers, this past week has been a rough one. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Week 13 fantasy baseball chat: Monday, 11 a.m. ET," 24 June 2018 But after the laborious first inning — which was extended by 14 pitches after an error on catcher James McCann — Liriano settled in, as expected. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers should use caution with trade chip Francisco Liriano," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of catcher

: someone or something that catches something
baseball : the player who plays behind home plate and catches the pitches thrown by the pitcher


catch·​er | \ ˈka-chər How to pronounce catcher (audio) , ˈke-\

Kids Definition of catcher

1 : someone or something that catches
2 : a baseball player who plays behind home plate

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