feath·​er·​weight ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌwāt How to pronounce featherweight (audio)
: 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
featherweight adjective

Examples of featherweight in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Featherweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featherweight. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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feath·​er·​weight -ˌwāt How to pronounce featherweight (audio)
: a very light weight
: one that weighs little
especially : a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of about 126 pounds

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