cor·​ner·​back | \ ˈkȯr-nər-ˌbak How to pronounce cornerback (audio) \

Definition of cornerback

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

Examples of cornerback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tigers will try to fill that remaining open scholarship in the offseason with a potential graduate transfer, either along the offensive line or at cornerback. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn football 2020 scholarship chart," 6 Feb. 2020 Angelo Grose is a speedy defensive back who could be a star at cornerback. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "National signing day doesn't change Big Ten recruiting rankings: Ohio State still No. 1," 5 Feb. 2020 Also last year, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson took the microphone on No. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Price is right, crowds are small -- plenty of value during first days of Phoenix Open week," 28 Jan. 2020 Today’s roster is not especially well-stocked at cornerback. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "The Cowboys’ interest in CB Byron Jones may not stack up with suitors," 22 Jan. 2020 The group also adds LSU transfer Kelvin Joseph to the mix at cornerback, so most of the 2020 signees at that position, including Phillips, can expect to redshirt in the fall. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Beau Allen, John Young and other early enrollees can help Kentucky football in 2020," 13 Jan. 2020 Beckham, lined up wide right, runs a vertical at cornerback Patrick Peterson. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Kareem Hunt says Browns players didn’t give it their all on every play, but what does the tape say?," 18 Dec. 2019 While the trio could make for a complicated, personal battle for playing time at cornerback, Wright indicated all three are versatile defensive backs, so the possibility remains that one plays either a nickel corner or safety role. Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Ray Wright, nation’s No. 5 JC cornerback, commits to Oregon State Beavers," 18 Dec. 2019 Miller is tied for first with Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson among active NFL defensive players for most Pro Bowl nods. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller named to eighth Pro Bowl," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cornerback

1955, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2020

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“Cornerback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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