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.
Recent Examples on the Web Soper, an honor-roll student during her senior year at Banks High, was an all-state catcher who helped lead her school to the Class 4A title during her prep career. oregonlive, "Former Banks High School softball star, assistant coach arrested on sexual-offense charges," 2 Dec. 2019 Balkovec, who was a catcher on the softball teams at Creighton University and New Mexico, earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2012. Lindsay Berra, New York Times, "Yankees Hire a Woman as a Minor League Hitting Coach," 22 Nov. 2019 Grandal was the top free-agent catcher on the market. Lamond Pope,, "‘An elite add at a premium position’: White Sox sign catcher Yasmani Grandal to the biggest contract in franchise history," 21 Nov. 2019 And there will always be a catcher or two for spring training, though there’s always a veteran available later in the offseason. Jon Meoli,, "The Orioles want to build pitching depth this offseason. Which minor league free agents fit that bill?," 13 Nov. 2019 Dad was a catcher, and took great pride in picking off runners at second base by exploding out of the crouch with a cannon-like throw., "John Roger Rafferty," 7 Nov. 2019 Henry Blanco — Bullpen coach Blanco was a catcher in Arizona for two seasons before leaving the Diamondbacks as a free agent after the 2012 season. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "World Series: Washington Nationals-Houston Astros has big Arizona Diamondbacks flavor," 21 Oct. 2019 Jennings moved to receiver as a freshman and as a fifth-year senior is the Volunteers’ leading pass catcher. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Can Ohio State really land two top quarterback recruits and rebuild the position?," 18 Oct. 2019 WR Morris Owens was the top pass catcher (30 receptions, 390 yards). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL's 100 worst teams of all time: Could Dolphins, Redskins join most hopeless in history?," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Catcher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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