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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 The fight cost him his featherweight and lightweight belts and ended his bragging rights as the only fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "UFC champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement," 7 June 2020 Hooker originally fought as a featherweight but moved to lightweight in 2017. Alicia Kortendick, al, "UFC Auckland Fight Night 168: How to watch Felder vs. Hooker on ESPN+," 22 Feb. 2020 Medina, Coronado score victories San Antonio featherweight Richard Medina and welterweight Hector Coronado of Del Rio remained undefeated with knockout wins Feb. 7 in Matamoros, Mexico. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio boxer Ravven Brown’s Olympic dream comes to painful end," 13 Feb. 2020 On the other hand, Holloway snapped a 13-fight wins streak at featherweight. Danny Segura, MMA Junkie, "UFC 245 results: Alexander Volkanovski dethrones Max Holloway, captures UFC featherweight belt," 15 Dec. 2019 There’s more to this gym, of course, just like there’s more to Williams, a featherweight. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "After years of ups and downs, undefeated Tramaine Williams looks for a world title shot," 29 June 2019 Promoter Ronson Frank was also in contact with representatives of Angel Luna, a featherweight scheduled to fight in a preliminary bout on the Saturday card as a fill-in. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Carlos Dixon's title bout is off, but new fight scheduled after foe misses weight limit," 17 Jan. 2020 He is ranked as the UFC’s sixth-best featherweight and has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Brian Ortega to fight ‘The Korean Zombie’ in UFC’s final show of 2019," 23 Sep. 2019 Because climbing is one of the rare elite sports not to favour a specific body type, the routes must be equally challenging to diminutive featherweights and towering beefcakes. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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