clos·​er ˈklō-zər How to pronounce closer (audio)
: one that closes
especially : a relief pitcher who specializes in finishing games

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Choi’s game-tying single in the 10th came off López, but the Orioles’ All-Star closer allowed no further damage to set up the decisive inning. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2022 The original Fearless closer was inspired by her working relationship with Scott Borchetta, specifically after Swift won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association. Justin Curto, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Ohtani launched a two-run homer with two outs, but the Australian closer struck out Anthony Rendon to end it. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 One of their closers, Rob Dibble, threw high-90s heat and was known for an intense, scowling presence on the mound. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2020 There has been little job security for Cubs closers over the years, though Craig Kimbrel may be the exception to the rule after signing a three-year, $43 deal with an option for 2022. Paul Sullivan,, 9 June 2019 Older voters, who often choose not to disclose their ballots beforehand, generally are likelier to defend the value of closers, saves and longevity. Dennis Lin,, 23 Jan. 2018 Britton, another 31-year-old left-hander, was among baseball’s top closers in 2015 and ’16, then was slowed by a forearm injury in 2017 and tore his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2019 Bradley believes his arbitration case stemmed from the disconnect between the actual value of a non-closer and the value of such a pitcher in the anachronistic arbitration process. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, 21 Feb. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'closer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of closer was in 1607

Dictionary Entries Near closer

Cite this Entry

“Closer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.