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)

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Coutinho was first to get the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas. BostonGlobe.com, "Brazil scores twice in injury time to eliminate Costa Rica," 22 June 2018 Brazil spent much of the game attacking Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas relentlessly. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Brazil Lives Up to Its Reputation, Tops Costa Rica at World Cup," 22 June 2018 Nico Falcon is the starting goalkeeper for the Seahawks boys' water polo team, yet still a talented swimmer in his own right. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Dominic Falcon a dominant presence for Ocean View swimming," 20 May 2018 Morris, the starting goalkeeper, turns 24 next month. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland men’s lacrosse players look to 'old' Dan Morris, Tim Rotanz for guidance," 12 May 2018 Senior Anna DiRita is a vital leader on and off the field, and junior Jackie Deuber-Patterson is the starting goalkeeper. Alex Hargrave, Philly.com, "Coach Jenny Duckenfield looks to bring Cardinal O'Hara lacrosse to new heights," 18 Apr. 2018 Richard Sanchez has been the starting goalkeeper for Veljko Paunovic’s side, allowing eight goals in three games during the Fire’s 0-2-1 start to the 2018 MLS season. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Reports: Casillas has 'strong interest' in joining Chicago Fire this summer," 6 Apr. 2018 Montpellier midfielder Florent Mollet equalized in the 31st with a free kick from the right angle of the penalty area which looked to have been saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1," 20 Feb. 2019 Fellow veteran goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been posting clean sheets for MLS Eastern Conference leader Atlanta United. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "For U.S. Men, World Cup Is a Painful Reminder," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of goalkeeper

1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goalkeeper

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


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

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: a player who defends a goal

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