de·​fend·​er | \ di-ˈfen-dər How to pronounce defender (audio) \

Definition of defender

1 : one that defends
2 : a player in a sport (such as football) assigned to a defensive position

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Examples of defender in a Sentence

one of the traditional roles of an older brother is that of schoolyard defender

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Hockenson, the eighth pick of the draft, is wide open in the back corner of the end zone with no defender in the picture. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions minicamp observations: T.J. Hockenson learning on the job," 6 June 2019 According to Fangraphs, Realmuto graded as the most valuable defender at any position in baseball. Scott Lauber,, "What should the Phillies do with Maikel Franco? | Extra Innings," 5 June 2019 His physical gifts — the length of his arms in particular — combined with his mental gifts to turn him into one of the most adept defenders in the NBA. Tania Ganguli,, "Elder statesman Andre Iguodala helps put things in perspective for Warriors," 4 June 2019 With over 100 appearances, Sameshima is one of the most experienced members of the team, but the defender admits the experience of two previous World Cups won't make her job in France any easier. George Ramsay, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Japan's remarkable 2011 Women's World Cup win in the aftermath of disaster," 3 June 2019 Thompson is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and without him the Raptors were able to find more three-point shooting space. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Raptors take advantage of shorthanded Warriors for 2-1 series lead," 29 May 2019 These five most recent cases involved judges whose wrongdoing was recognized by both political parties in Congress, and who had few if any defenders in the Senate. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "It works just like impeaching a president.," 27 Sep. 2018 By the end, Pruitt had few defenders in the West Wing. Josh Dawsey,, "How did Scott Pruitt survive months of controversy? By preserving his relationship with Trump at all costs," 6 July 2018 The senior defender for the Kenosha St. Joseph girls soccer team didn’t. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: 'All I was thinking was please don’t miss.' And St. Joseph's Grace Pechous didn't," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of defender

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for defender

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

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de·​fend·​er | \ di-ˈfen-dər How to pronounce defender (audio) \

Kids Definition of defender

1 : a person or thing that protects from danger or attack
2 : a player in a sport who tries to keep the other team from scoring



Legal Definition of defender

: a lawyer who represents defendants especially : public defender

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