de·​fense·​man | \ di-ˈfen(t)s-mən How to pronounce defenseman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of defenseman

: a player in a sport (such as hockey) who is assigned to a defensive zone or position

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Recent Examples on the Web Swedish defenseman Tobias Bjornfot will reportedly share a charter flight to Southern California on Wednesday and could join their NHL teams’ training camps this week. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings and Ducks prospects excel at world junior championship," 6 Jan. 2021 Hronek should be better, considering the young defenseman had a minus-10 as a rookie in 2018-19. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Detroit Red Wings can learn from four decades of NHL's worst teams," 5 Jan. 2021 The big defenseman came to Boston as a free agent in 2006 after playing eight seasons with the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, and led the franchise to three Stanley Cup finals, including the 2011 championship run. Andrew Mahoney,, "Timeline: Looking back at Zdeno Chara’s Bruins’ career," 30 Dec. 2020 Forwards Kevin Labanc, Stefan Noesen and depth defenseman Jacob Middleton were re-signed. Ross Mckeon,, "Sharks set to open camp in Arizona looking to rebound from last season’s failures," 30 Dec. 2020 But how well does the 21-year-old Stars defenseman stack up against the game’s other shining young stars? Dallas News, "Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen lands on ESPN’s top NHL players under 25 list," 15 Dec. 2020 The sophomore defenseman’s quick shot from the top of the slot was on net and Reedy tipped it past goalie Drew DeRidder. News Services, Star Tribune, "Scott Reedy keeps scoring as Gophers hockey wins again," 4 Dec. 2020 The defenseman grabbed his face, which was bleeding, and immediately headed to the dressing room. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler leaves game after face is cut by skate," 20 Aug. 2020 For comparison, the top-scoring defenseman on the team — 29-year-old Eric Gelinas — has 15 points in 20 games, an average of .75. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings prospects Moritz Seider, Jonatan Berggren continue strong play in Sweden," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of defenseman

1877, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Defenseman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of defenseman

: a player in a sport (such as hockey) who tries to stop the other team from scoring

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