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

Definition of cornerback

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

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Recent Examples on the Web Woodson, a cornerback for his first 14 pro seasons, then reinvented himself as a safety. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson top Hall of Fame candidates," 5 Feb. 2021 Like Goodwin, Smith is labeled a cornerback but primarily is a special teams ace. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 Super Bowl LV participants who could be free agent targets for the Dallas Cowboys," 5 Feb. 2021 Johnson, Czaplicki sign Four-star cornerback Isaiah Johnson out of St. Bernard in Playa del Rey, California, has signed with the Sun Devils as expected. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU introduces three new coaches on Herm Edwards' staff," 4 Feb. 2021 He is expected to play cornerback for the football team as a freshman this fall. Mike Rodak |, al, "Ga’Quincy McKinstry joins Alabama basketball team for practice," 24 Jan. 2021 Wright was third on the team in tackles with 30, excellent for a cornerback, while Grant, mostly playing nickel and safety, had 29. oregonlive, "Reviewing Oregon State 2020 football: Defensive backs gained experience, must improve takeaways to elevate position in 2021," 13 Jan. 2021 Winfield is the second played pledged to Texas' 2022 recruiting class, joining Port Arthur Memorial four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau. Nick Moyle,, "New Texas HC Steve Sarkisian lands 4-star WR Armani Winfield," 12 Jan. 2021 Four-star cornerback Ceyair Wright of Los Angeles Loyola committed to the Trojans during the All-American Bowl declaration special on Saturday, giving USC its sixth four-star defensive back in the 2021 class. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Loyola’s Ceyair Wright, a top cornerback recruit, commits to USC," 2 Jan. 2021 But don’t forget Patrick Surtain II, a junior cornerback who allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in eight of 11 games this season. New York Times, "What You Need to Know About Today’s College Football Playoff Semifinals," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cornerback

1955, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2021

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“Cornerback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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