goal·​ie ˈgō-lē How to pronounce goalie (audio)
plural goalies
: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer) : goalkeeper
If the ball carrier continues to cut across in front of the net, the goalie must move with the shooter in order to cover the angle.Jim Hinkson
As she has so many times during the last four years, Barlow broke away from all of the defenders and beat the goalie with her swift foot and a one-on-one move towards the net.Brian Moore

Examples of goalie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Florida challenged, alleging goalie interference led to the score. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 Especially at this time of year, when mismatches on the power play — at 6-foot-4, Nichushkin blots out the sun as well as opposing goalies’ vision — can often mean the difference between parades and penitence. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for goalie 

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goalie was in 1894

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“Goalie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalie. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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goal·​ie ˈgō-lē How to pronounce goalie (audio)

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