heavyweight

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noun, often attributive heavy·weight \ˈhe-vē-ˌwāt\

Definition of heavyweight

  1. 1 :  one that is above average in weight

  2. 2 :  one in the usually heaviest class of contestants: as a :  a boxer in an unlimited weight division — compare light heavyweight b :  a weight lifter weighing more than 198 pounds

  3. 3 :  one that possesses great power, prominence, or stature

Examples of heavyweight in a sentence

  1. Their company is one of the industry's heavyweights.

  2. <a heavyweight in the U.S. Senate, he has a lot of clout in judicial confirmations>

1857

First Known Use of heavyweight

1857


HEAVYWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

heavyweight

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noun, often attributive heavy·weight \ˈhe-vē-ˌwāt\

Definition of heavyweight for English Language Learners

  • : 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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