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noun (1)

pitch·​er ˈpi-chər How to pronounce pitcher (audio)
: a container for holding and pouring liquids that usually has a lip or spout and a handle
: a modified leaf of a pitcher plant in which the hollowed petiole and base of the blade form an elongated receptacle
pitcherful noun


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noun (2)

: one that pitches
specifically : the player who pitches in a game of baseball

Examples of pitcher in a Sentence

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Most dominant pitcher: Boston Bateman, Camarillo, Sr. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 The Razorbacks used that exact combination of pitchers to beat No. 7 LSU last Thursday in a series opener. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 5 Apr. 2024 Santa Margarita pitcher Cade Townsend pitched well but battled control issues. Michael Huntley, Orange County Register, 5 Apr. 2024 Editors’ Picks Naturally, group chats among the Dodgers faithful have shifted from the disappointing first outing by the rookie Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto to other matters. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 With a pair of power pitchers in Hicks and Dylan Cease on the mound, there wasn’t much quality contact to speak of through the first five frames. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 The Dodgers’ management have been open about their plan to use Ohtani and another recent and expensive Japanese acquisition, the young pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, to convert a generation of Japanese people to Dodgers fandom. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 Sixto Sanchez shows promise in his MLB return After three trying years including a pair of shoulder surgeries and his share of setbacks in between, right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez finally returned to an MLB mound on Thursday. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 In fact, he’s served an informal internship right now mentoring younger pitchers on the Sea Lions staff. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English picher, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin bicarius drinking cup

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitcher was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pitcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitcher. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
pitch·​er ˈpich-ər How to pronounce pitcher (audio)
: a container for holding and pouring liquids that usually has a lip or spout and a handle


2 of 2 noun
: one that pitches
especially : a baseball player who pitches


Middle English picher "container for pouring liquids," from early French (same meaning), from Latin bicarius "drinking vessel, goblet"


from pitch "to erect in place, throw a ball" and -er, noun suffix

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