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

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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Rousey dominated the women's featherweight and bantamweight divisions for years before losing to Holm at UFC 193. Allen Kim, CNN, "Here's what's on the line at Saturday's UFC 239," 3 July 2019 Arredondo is 4-0 with one knockout fighting mostly as a featherweight. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Henry Arredondo uses boxing to rise above," 20 June 2019 On June 10, 2017, Franco, a rising prospect in the featherweight (126-pound) division, faced Jose Haro in Sloan, Iowa for minor regional title. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Fallout From a Knockout: How One Tragic Night Changed a Boxer's Life Forever," 13 June 2019 Tickets for UFC Fight Night are on sale now at Ticketmaster, with featherweights Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett set to go at it in the main event. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UFC Orlando signs Maryna Moroz vs. Angela Hill," 22 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, the division has been hollowed out by retirements and fighters moving to new divisions at featherweight and flyweight. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington live round-by-round coverage," 12 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of featherweight

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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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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