left wing


Definition of left wing

1 : the leftist division of a group (such as a political party)

Other Words from left wing

left-wing \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ How to pronounce left wing (audio) \ adjective
left-winger \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ-​ər How to pronounce left wing (audio) \ noun

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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 General manager Kyle Davidson was noncommittal about Kubalík earlier this month and hinted that the 26-year-old left wing’s down year could be a factor. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2022 Fitting for a player who has done the Michigan play twice, Winterhawks left wing Cross Hanas has signed a pro contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2022 For his trio of dominating performances last week, Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau was named the NHL’s First Star of the week on Monday. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Of the six rookies on the Sharks’ opening-night roster, three — Eklund, left wing Jonathan Dahlen (three goals) and center Jasper Weatherby (goal, assist) — have combined for eight points and have been a driving force behind the 4-0 start. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Oct. 2021 The plane's left wing was descending during landing, and after landing the plane veered left, left the runway and came to a stop in a field. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Democratic voters who didn't vote in 2014 were disproportionately left wing. Harry Enten, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Jordan Poole knocked down a 33-foot 3 from the left wing to beat the third-quarter buzzer as the Warriors took a 75-74 lead into the final 12 minutes after the Celtics roared back in the third. Janie Mccauley, Hartford Courant, 14 June 2022 While neither has embraced the left wing of the party, Bourdeaux was better known as a moderate than McBath. Nicholas Riccardi, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of left wing

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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10 Aug 2022

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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