left wing

noun

Definition of left wing

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

Keep scrolling for more

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-winger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for left wing

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 That trend helps explain, in part, the growing popularity of big-spending left wing politics in recent years, whether that’s Bernie Sanders in the US, Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, Podemos in Spain, and Syriza in Greece. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "History shows that big social programs only emerge after global disasters," 20 Mar. 2020 Jenks broke a 62-all tie with a left wing 3-pointer with 2:07 left in Thursday night's game before grabbing an offensive rebound and making two clinching free throws with 3.2 seconds left to lift Mercy to a 69-65 win against No. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Jenks comes up big as Mercy takes 24th District tournament title over Bullitt East," 28 Feb. 2020 The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire left wing Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild for center Alex Galchenyuk, 25, a conditional first-round pick and defense prospect Calen Addison. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Sizing up NHL deals before the Feb. 24 trade deadline," 17 Feb. 2020 Clubs increasingly have defended against Pastrnak’s patented one-timers, usually launched from the left wing circle, on the power play. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Since taking the reins, Bruce Cassidy has had Bruins on a roll," 5 Feb. 2020 While Kase, who last played Feb. 7, is unlikely to face the Flames on Tuesday, TD Garden could see Ritchie lined up at left wing on the third line. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "In trade analysis, Bruins added important pieces — and created financial flexibility," 24 Feb. 2020 Finally, for good measure, with 36 seconds to play and the outcome determined, Hoiberg got isolated on the left wing, took two dribbles to his left and drained a long step-back jumper. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Jack Hoiberg and a Michigan State basketball memory that will last a lifetime," 22 Feb. 2020 After a timeout, sophomore guard Omar Cooper, starting in place of C.J. Gunn, who injured his thumb on Friday, drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing on an assist from Perkins to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 45-42. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "'This is a special group.' Lawrence North edges Lawrence Central for Marion County title," 19 Jan. 2020 He will be replaced by Tyson Jost, who had been playing left wing on the second line. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Defenseman Ian Cole cleared to return, but the Avalanche might go with Mark Barberio," 9 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'left wing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about left wing

Time Traveler for left wing

Time Traveler

The first known use of left wing was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Statistics for left wing

Last Updated

17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for left wing

left wing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of left wing

: the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Left

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on left wing

What made you want to look up left wing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!