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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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featherweight adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Nunes enters this championship match as the current featherweight champion, looking to become a double-champion in UFC. Xl Media, cleveland, 30 July 2022 Tickets for the event, which will also feature an all-Mexican championship bout pitting Emanuel Navarrete against Eduardo Baez for the WBO featherweight title, went on sale Thursday (AXS.com). Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 All-around comfort, durability, and solid foot protection make this out favorite featherweight trail shoe. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 12 July 2022 Alexander Volkanovski left no doubt about his supremacy in the UFC featherweight division while wrapping up his trilogy against Max Holloway with style. Greg Beacham, ajc, 3 July 2022 Alexander Volkanovski has already beaten Max Holloway twice in UFC featherweight title fights, and that still wasn’t enough to settle this rivalry. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 July 2022 Alexander Volkanovski has already beaten Max Holloway twice in UFC featherweight title fights, and that still wasn't enough to settle this rivalry. Greg Beacham, ajc, 1 July 2022 The responsive midsole combines cushy foam with a firm carbon plate for quick, bouncy rebound, while the featherweight, breathable mono-mesh upper adds to the sleek feel. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 10 June 2022 Despite its featherweight, gel-like formula, Exuviance was a strong performer in GH Beauty Lab testing, winning for minimizing the look of lines on aging skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of featherweight

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Featherweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/featherweight. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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