lineman

noun

line·​man ˈlīn-mən How to pronounce lineman (audio)
1
: one who sets up or repairs electric wire communication or power lines

called also linesman

2
: a player in the forward line of a team
specifically : a football player in the line

Examples of lineman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones is a wrecking ball who can line up inside or outside. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2023 Pro Bowl players appearing in the Super Bowl besides Thuney are tackle Orlando Brown, center Creed Humphrey, interior lineman Chris Jones, tight end Travis Kelce, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and punter Tommy Townsend from the Chiefs. cleveland, 2 Feb. 2023 Top lineman Leonard Williams also missed Sunday’s game with a neck injury. Tom Canavan, Hartford Courant, 12 Dec. 2022 Before that 27-17 win, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones spoke to Jaguars senior defensive assistant (and former Chiefs defensive coordinator) Bob Sutton. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for lineman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lineman was in 1876

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“Lineman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lineman. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

lineman

noun
line·​man ˈlīn-mən How to pronounce lineman (audio)
1
: one who sets up or repairs power or telephone lines
2
: a football player whose position is on the line of scrimmage
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