defender

noun
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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There may not be a smarter defender in the game outside of Draymond Green. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Can the Sixers Reach the Finals After a Whirlwind Year?," 30 Aug. 2019 Fraser was a defender for the Rapids from 2001-2003 and member of the Colorado Foxes before that from 1990-1995. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Robin Fraser after taking Rapids’ head coaching job: “In every way, I’ve improved”," 26 Aug. 2019 Wheeler is a tremendous defender, recording 123 tackles last season. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Mick McCabe's top 25 teams for 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Javier Baez is a superior defender at shortstop, but the addition of Addison Russell provides Maddon with a more familiar option if Baez is unavailable or pulled during the latter stages of a game. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "5 takeaways from the Cubs-Pirates series, including Jon Lester’s adjustments and middle infield improvements," 19 Aug. 2019 Harris is a vigorous defender of the culture of free speech, and his interviews are always penetrating. Kyle Smith, National Review, "‘Don’t Apologize’: Ricky Gervais Takes On Verbal Terrorism," 16 Aug. 2019 Dewerk is also an interior defender for the Wildcats. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos football team’s line play a strength," 15 Aug. 2019 Ratcliffe is a frequent Trump defender who fiercely questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing," 3 Aug. 2019 Ratcliffe is a frequent Trump defender who fiercely questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s contrversial pick for national intelligence director withdraws from consideration," 2 Aug. 2019

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

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defender

noun
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

defender

noun
de·​fend·​er

Legal Definition of defender

: a lawyer who represents defendants especially : public defender

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