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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From the outset of the night’s three-round opener between featherweights, Dan Ige attacked Santiago with a combination of punishing hooks, took him to the mat and unleashed a barrage of blows to the back of his head until the fight was called. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Clay Guida, Mike Santiago lose on home turf at Chicago's UFC 225," 10 June 2018 Factor in another 255lbs (116kg) for the T6's AWD system or an as-yet-undetermined amount more for the T8 plug-in hybrid bits and take note: this is not a featherweight. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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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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