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Definition of featherweight

1 : one that is very light in weight especially : a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 126 pounds for professionals and 125 pounds for amateurs — compare bantamweight, lightweight

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Recent Examples on the Web Four fighters each in PFL’s featherweight and men’s lightweight division advanced on Thursday. Dan Gelston, ajc, 11 June 2021 Four fighters each in PFL's featherweight and men's lightweight division advanced on Thursday. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Along with Davis, featherweight Duke Ragan and middleweight Troy Isley are getting spots in the Olympics. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 In comparison, the electron, itself a quantum featherweight, has a mass that is at least 500,000 times bigger. Don Lincoln, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Davis already owns titles at super featherweight and lightweight. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 The women are in much better shape — flyweight Virginia Fuchs, lightweight Rashida Ellis of Lynn, welterweight Oshae Jones, and middleweight Naomi Graham should be good to go with only featherweight Andrea Medina up in the air. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 Other local fighters include super featherweight Henry Arredondo (7-1, 4 KOs) and super welterweight Daniel Baiz (13-2-1, 5 KOs). John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 San Antonio featherweight prospect Rick Medina (9-0, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten with a six-round unanimous decision victory over Jose Alfredo Cobos (7-4-2, 2 KOs) on Saturday night in Reynoso, Mexico. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of featherweight

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of featherweight was in 1812

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23 Jun 2021

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“Featherweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featherweight. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of featherweight

: someone or something that weighs very little especially : a boxer who weighs more than 118 pounds (53.5 kilograms) but less than 126 pounds (57 kilograms)

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