cen·​ter·​man ˈsen-tər-mən How to pronounce centerman (audio)
plural centermen
: a center (see center entry 1 sense 5b) in ice hockey
The 23-year-old Seattle centerman collected eight points, including two goals, in four games last week. Hockey News, 13 Apr. 1973
: a worker who uses plumb bobs to locate the center line of underground mine openings and marks them so that the openings (as entries, rooms, and haulageways) can be driven in a straight line

Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centerman was in 1898

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“Centerman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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