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

called also linesman

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Offensive lineman Avery Jones became the sixth signee in the last five days with his announcement on Tuesday afternoon. Nick Alvarez |, al, 10 Jan. 2023 On his first sack, Paschal powered through Bears offensive lineman Braxton Jones, a fifth-round pick in 2022, before wrapping up Fields. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 Jan. 2023 Ohio State offensive lineman Matthew Jones has spent a good portion of the season dealing with an injury that has, at times, forced him to leave games for short stints. Stephen Means, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2022 Defensive lineman Justin Jones has been impressed with how Brisker goes about his business. Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune, 8 Dec. 2022 Like most of his teammates, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Josh Jones used the off week to get a little time away. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 6 Dec. 2022 Offensive lineman Steven Jones also returned after missing eight games with a foot injury. oregonlive, 21 Nov. 2022 Like defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lineman was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Lineman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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