heavyweight

noun, often attributive
heavy·​weight | \ ˈhe-vē-ˌwāt How to pronounce heavyweight (audio) \

Definition of heavyweight

1 : one that is above average in weight
2 : one in the usually heaviest class of contestants: such as
a : a boxer in an unlimited weight division — compare light heavyweight
b : a weight lifter weighing more than 198 pounds
3 : one that possesses great power, prominence, or stature

Examples of heavyweight in a Sentence

Their company is one of the industry's heavyweights. a heavyweight in the U.S. Senate, he has a lot of clout in judicial confirmations

First Known Use of heavyweight

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heavyweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavyweight. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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heavyweight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heavyweight

: a fighter in the heaviest class of boxers : a boxer who weighs more than 175 pounds (79.5 kilograms)
: someone or something that is very important and powerful
: something that is heavy

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