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 With San Antonio trailing by a goal nearly five minutes into second-half stoppage time, midfielder Shannon Gomez charged toward a bouncing ball in the 6-yard box, risking a collision or punch in the face from an answering LA Galaxy II goalkeeper. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 31 July 2022 Morgan was named the tournament’s best player, while Sheridan earned the honor of top goalkeeper. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2022 That moment came in the opening seconds of the first half, when winger Luther Archimède caught center-back Joey Farrell sleeping to break through on goal and force an excellent one-on-one save out of Rising goalkeeper Ben Lundt. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2022 In blind soccer, matches feature teams playing five-on-five with four field players wearing eye shades and one sighted goalkeeper who can direct his teammates. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 19 July 2022 Sheridan, who kept her team in the game with several outstanding saves in the first half, was named the tournament’s top goalkeeper and now seems entrenched in that role. New York Times, 19 July 2022 Borrero’s left-footer gave the Revolution the edge in the 30th minute, capitalizing as Nick Hagglund lost control of a long clearance from goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 Then 19-year-old goalkeeper Abraham Rodriguez took the pitch to defend a penalty kick from Sebastian Blanco. oregonlive, 25 June 2022 With many World Cup matches going to penalty kicks, using any extra spots for penalty kick specialists like Australian goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne could be another option for teams. Steve Price, Forbes, 25 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goalkeeper

1789, in the meaning defined above

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“Goalkeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalkeeper. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for goalkeeper


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

Kids Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends a goal

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