goal·​keep·​er | \ ˈgōl-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce goalkeeper (audio) \

Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer)

Examples of goalkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christine Sinclair, Horan and Meghan Klingenberg have started in all three of the Thorns’ matches of the Challenge Cup so far, along with goalkeeper Bella Bixby. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns draw Washington Spirit in back-and-forth NWSL Challenge Cup match," 5 July 2020 Juventus has also agreed a year-long contract extension for both 35-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini and 42-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Ben Church, CNN, "Barcelona slaps $448 million buyout clause on new signing Miralem Pjanić," 30 June 2020 Beganovic joins forward Elijah Wynder and goalkeeper Muamer Ugarak as members of LouCity’s roster with academy deals. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC adds Bowling Green product Damir Beganovic to academy deal," 30 June 2020 Hatch's shot on goal was blocked by Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, but Lavelle met the rebound and blasted it past Naeher to give the Spirit a 1-0 lead. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Watch: Rose Lavelle's goal helps Washington Spirit to 2-1 win in NWSL Challenge Cup," 29 June 2020 One of Los Bandidos even contacted Rising goalkeeper Zac Lubin — an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement — and asked him to join them in protesting, to which the 30 year-old shot-stopper happily obliged. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising fans find new ways to cheer, anxious for reboot," 28 June 2020 Defender Julie Ertz and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher are members of the Chicago Red Stars. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup kicks off Saturday in Utah," 12 July 2019 Unlike Pourier, the Maricopa County junior college sports programs' cancellation has left Poston Butte soccer senior goalkeeper Jennifer Alvillar without a safety net. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Athletes, coaches react to Maricopa County junior college sports canceled for 2020-21 season," 26 June 2020 Starting goalkeeper Adrianna Franch suffered a knee injury this week and will be out for the entire tournament. oregonlive, "New-look Thorns ready to (finally) get started: ‘We are so grateful we have a chance to play in a game this weekend’," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of goalkeeper

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goalkeeper was in 1789

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11 Jul 2020

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“Goalkeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalkeeper. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends the goal in various games (especially soccer)


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: a player who defends a goal

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