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

Examples of defenseman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burns became the first defenseman in NHL history to assist on all three of his team’s goals in consecutive games. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Jan. 2022 Seider, the most promising defenseman the Detroit Red Wings have had since Lidstrom debuted 30 years ago, is a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2022 Roman Josi's goal on a power play with 12:35 to play made it 4-1, the defenseman's 12th of the season. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2022 The defenseman was sent to Chicago in a July 2021 trade with the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him with the 117th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Abigail Adams,, 5 Jan. 2022 Ray Bourque is the most productive defenseman in NHL history (1,579 points) and gets to pair again with Don Sweeney. Matt Porter,, 24 Dec. 2021 The 6-2, 190-pound defenseman began 2021-22 with San Diego, recording seven assists and eight penalty minutes in 19 AHL games, ranking second among Gulls blueliners in assists and third in scoring. Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 The 23-year-old defenseman was an undrafted standout at Arizona State who opened the eyes of a number of NHL teams before the Sharks secured his services with a three-year deal before the 2019-20 season. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 His first came on Holaway, denying the defenseman with a poke check. Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of defenseman

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of defenseman was in 1877

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22 Jan 2022

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“Defenseman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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