neutral zone


Definition of neutral zone

: the portion of an ice hockey rink between the attacking and defensive zones

Examples of neutral zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even when Stanford seemed content to settle for a field goal, USC offered up an extra four points on a platter, lining up in the neutral zone at the end of one second-quarter drive and giving Stanford another chance on fourth down. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The defender got that deep in Wild territory after being first to a dump-in that spanned the neutral zone. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Coming off a pointless, five-game homestand that closed with a sloppy 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Saturday, the Devils looked determined and disciplined from the start, bottling up the neutral zone and limiting Boston’s chances. Ken Powtak,, 7 Mar. 2021 Dickinson collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and entered the Detroit zone with possession and dropped a pass to Klingberg (not before a quick stick lift, too). Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 27 Jan. 2021 Comes back hard in the neutral zone to lift sticks and steal pucks from behind. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 24 July 2021 It’s not as exciting as Colorado or Chicago zooming through the neutral zone at all times. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 Through the neutral zone, for whatever reason, our D had a tough time moving their feet., 6 June 2021 The Hawks controlled the puck for much of the first period, disrupting the Predators’ rushes through the neutral zone, outhustling and outshooting them 11-8. Phil Thompson,, 24 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neutral zone.' 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 neutral zone

1948, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About neutral zone

Time Traveler for neutral zone

Time Traveler

The first known use of neutral zone was in 1948

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near neutral zone

neutral wire

neutral zone


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for neutral zone

Last Updated

23 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Neutral zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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