defender

noun

de·​fend·​er di-ˈfen-dər How to pronounce defender (audio)
1
: one that defends
2
: a player in a sport (such as football) assigned to a defensive position

Examples of defender in a Sentence

one of the traditional roles of an older brother is that of schoolyard defender
Recent Examples on the Web Nevada called timeout and diagrammed a play for 6-foot-6 guard Kenan Blackshear to back down his defender in the lane and shoot a fade-away jumper. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Hamann was a soccer defender; Remmick wanted to play catcher for a college baseball team. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 By mid-November, the Dolphins’ defense was fully healthy and hitting its stride, with its starting edge defenders in the best stretch of their careers. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 Multiple players echoed that sentiment during their interviews on media day, including defender Hanna Glas. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 The 30-year-old tied his career high with 9 1/2 sacks, didn’t miss a game and was a stout run defender. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 Removed a small health pack on the second area balcony that was easy for defenders to overuse. Kris Holt, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 South African defender Grant Kekana was sent off and Nigeria piled on the pressure but the two sides were unable to be separated and a shootout was required. Sam Joseph, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 Defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis, outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and safety DeShon Elliott are among the notable defenders who can become unrestricted free agents. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English defendour, defender, borrowed from Anglo-French defendour, defendur, from defend-, stem of defendre "to defend" + -our, -ur -or entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of defender was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Defender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defender. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

defender

noun
de·​fend·​er -ˈfen-dər How to pronounce defender (audio)
1
: one that defends
2
: a player in a sport (as football) who plays a defensive position

Legal Definition

defender

noun
de·​fend·​er
: a lawyer who represents defendants
especially : public defender

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