de·​fense·​man di-ˈfen(t)s-mən How to pronounce defenseman (audio)
: a player in a sport (such as hockey) who is assigned to a defensive zone or position

Examples of defenseman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington used that pick to draft Cole Hutson from the U.S. national team development program; Hutson set a program record for points by a defenseman with 119 in his two seasons. Bailey Johnson, Washington Post, 29 June 2024 After all, he was expected to be the third defenseman taken Friday — likely in the top seven. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 June 2024 Lundell and defenseman Josh Mahura are restricted free agents. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 26 June 2024 The group of RFAs, which includes defensemen Henry Thrun and Ty Emberson, still needs new deals. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for defenseman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of defenseman was in 1877

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“Defenseman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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de·​fense·​man -mən How to pronounce defenseman (audio)
: a player in a sport who is assigned to a defensive zone or position
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