out·​field | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfēld How to pronounce outfield (audio) \

Definition of outfield

1 : the part of a baseball field beyond the infield and between the foul lines
2 : the baseball defensive positions comprising right field, center field, and left field also : the players who occupy these positions

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outfielder \ ˈau̇t-​ˌfēl-​dər How to pronounce outfield (audio) \ noun

Examples of outfield in a Sentence

He threw the ball to home plate from the outfield. The team has one of the best outfields in the league.
Recent Examples on the Web His plus skills don’t just play up the middle of the diamond but in the outfield, too, where Hernández is also an asset. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora hopes Kiké Hernández’s proven versatility with Dodgers will boost the Red Sox," 18 Feb. 2021 Jewett confirmed Ethan Groff, who has been double-trained in the outfield and at second base, probably would start in left field on opening day with the flexibility to move to the infield when the coaches substituted a new outfielder. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Notebook: Collin Burns a preseason standout for Tulane baseball team," 4 Feb. 2021 By the time Mahomes walked across a stage in the outfield, hundreds of reporters awaited. Chronicle News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Opening Night begins Super Bowl week without fanfare," 1 Feb. 2021 Catcher Will Smith missed the relay throw, allowing Arozarena to scramble to his feet and dive to the plate, sparking a raucous celebration that spilled into the outfield. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Rays Stun Dodgers After Wild Comeback in Game 4 of World Series," 25 Oct. 2020 When Loaisiga ran into problems of his own in the eighth inning, Boone called upon closer Aroldis Chapman, whose first pitch was blooped into the outfield by second baseman Cesar Hernandez to give the Indians a 9-8 advantage. David Waldstein, New York Times, "What We Learned From Day 2 of the M.L.B. Playoffs," 30 Sep. 2020 Adam Duvall: This is unlikely, considering the Tigers already spent big (relatively, at least) on Robbie Grossman in the outfield. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Here's who the Detroit Tigers could still target in MLB free agency this month," 26 Jan. 2021 The Braves hired two Atlanta police officers to sit in the stands while off duty, overlooking Aaron in the outfield, in the event of trouble. Richard Goldstein, Star Tribune, "Hank Aaron, baseball Hall of Famer and legendary home run hitter, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 With no room in the outfield, that leaves Dominic Smith splitting time with Pete Alonso at first base and J.D. Davis getting the majority of his reps at third base. Deesha Thosar, courant.com, "Mets, Blue Jays remain in hunt for George Springer, according to sources," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of outfield

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outfield was in 1868

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25 Feb 2021

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“Outfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfield. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outfield

: the part of a baseball field that includes the area beyond the infield and between the foul lines
: the part of a cricket field that is away from the wickets
: the players who are positioned in the outfield


out·​field | \ ˈau̇t-ˌfēld How to pronounce outfield (audio) \

Kids Definition of outfield

: the part of a baseball field beyond the infield and between the foul lines

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