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

Examples of closer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irving is a superstar talent that can heat up at any moment and is one of the best closers in the NBA when the fourth quarter arrives. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 Four of Miller’s teammates — pitchers Alex Wood, Ross Stripling and Scott Alexander and infielder J.D. Davis — played for the Giants and have seen both closers up close and personal. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 Clase is still just 25 years old, and compared to the other available high-end closers, Clase's $14 million over the next three years is remarkably low for a reliever of his caliber. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 Fewer companies blamed store or plant closers and economic conditions. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for closer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of closer was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Closer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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