feath·er·weight | \ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌwāt \

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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That Pacquiao climbed divisions the way most people climb stairs, winning titles at featherweight and lightweight and welterweight, collecting belts in eight weight classes. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "In Search of a Happy Ending to Boxing Career, Manny Pacquiao Is Following a Familiar, Sad Trajectory Instead," 12 July 2018 Fret not, for the ND MX-5 is still a mere featherweight at 2,332lbs (1,058kg). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 2018 Ricardo Lamas has been a top featherweight contender for many years and is fighting in his hometown of Chicago. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektic live round-by-round coverage," 10 June 2018 The night also features lightweight Edner Cherry against Dennis Galarza in a 10-round bout and unbeaten super featherweights Austin Dulay and Chris Colbert meet in an eight-round match. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Premier Boxing Champions begins season on FS1 Friday night: Boxing Report 2018 (photos)," 11 Apr. 2018 Legendary featherweight Willie Pep fought 241 times in his career. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia hoping to add to SA’s boxing legacy," 9 Mar. 2018 Whether worn alone or layered with a full face of makeup, a featherweight and fast-absorbing formula that goes on smooth, free of a chalky residue, is vital. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 New Sunscreens Worth Stocking Up On This Memorial Day Weekend," 22 May 2018 Velez, who fought to a draw in a 2014 featherweight title bout, has sought to bother Garcia by employing a rap friend to create a song about spoiling plans without De La Hoya being able to protect the handsome super featherweight. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "The Ryan Garcia attraction moves to StubHub Center's bigger stage," 3 May 2018 Junior featherweights: Magdaleno vs. Dogboe ESPN 8:30 p.m. BostonGlobe.com, "TV, radio schedule," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of featherweight

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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