lines·​man ˈlīnz-mən How to pronounce linesman (audio)
: an official who assists a referee (as in football, tennis, or hockey) especially in determining if a ball, puck, or player is out-of-bounds or offside

Examples of linesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both linesmen even started skating in toward Montembeault as if the play was over. Eduardo A. Encina, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2024 That drew the ire of Nick Cousins, who dropped his gloves, but the linesmen got between him and Kerfoot before anything more could happen. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2024 Head linesman Yvonda Lewis, line judge Tangela Mitchell, field judge Sebrina Brunson and back judge Krystle Apellaniz are part of the seven-person crew for the Division II game between Miles and Lane. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Raso was clearly in an offside position, but play was allowed to continue, because of FIFA’s edict to linesmen to not immediately raise their flags. Frank Dell'apa,, 12 Aug. 2023 Ukrainian linesmen repeatedly risked their lives last year, repairing breaks that bumped the Zaporizhzhia station offline while reactors were operating at full tilt. IEEE Spectrum, 7 July 2023 Once standing, a linesman got between Ullmark and Tkachuk, and Ullmark was given a misconduct penalty for throwing a jab at Tkachuk. Matt Porter,, 23 Apr. 2023 Unfortunately for fans of goalie fights everywhere, the linesmen got between the two goaltenders and separated them before any punches were thrown. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2023 Forty years later, local fans still rail about the linesman Leon Stickle, who failed to call offside an Islanders goal in the Stanley Cup finals, which helped defeat the Flyers. Victor Mather, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of linesman was in 1883

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“Linesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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lines·​man ˈlīnz-mən How to pronounce linesman (audio)
: an official who assists a referee in a game (as football or hockey)
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