left wing


: the leftist division of a group (such as a political party)
left-wing adjective
left-winger noun

Examples of left wing in a Sentence

His nomination is supported by the party's left wing but opposed by the right wing. the left wing has lost considerable influence in the party, which is now aggressively courting political moderates
Recent Examples on the Web Man down The Coyotes played without left wing Jason Zucker after he was given a three-game suspension for boarding Florida Panthers forward Nick Cousins in Tuesday’s game. The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2024 Tarasenko on the left wing of the top line with Aleksander Barkov at center and Reinhart at right wing, with Carter Verhaeghe moving to left wing on the second line (currently occupied by Nick Cousins). Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 Zucker played left wing on a line with rookies and former first-round draft picks, Logan Cooley and Dylan Guenther. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 Profiles in both The New Yorker and The New York Times over the last two years have discussed how the comedian nimbly plays off both the right and left wings. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2024 Others may not brand the former United States Attorney for the Central District of California under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as precisely left wing. The Editorial Board, Orange County Register, 9 Feb. 2024 So far, the talks haven’t achieved their goal, but the debate has further soured relations between the president and his party’s left wing. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 The top line found Ella Huber moving to left wing and Emma Kreisz sliding over to center. Dean Spiros, Twin Cities, 26 Jan. 2024 McLellan made major changes up front, moving Pierre-Luc Dubois from centering the third line to playing left wing on the top line, and moving Quinton Byfield from wing to center between Alex Laferriere and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of left wing was in 1844

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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