play·​mak·​er | \ ˈplā-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of playmaker

: a player who leads the offense for a team (as in basketball or hockey)

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playmaking \ ˈplā-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun or adjective

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Fan boos drown out Roger Goodell at NFL Draft Any team looking for a speedy playmaker can fill that need with Kirk. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Where are the Big 12 players in the NFL Draft? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018 The safety play Notre Dame has struggled to find a playmaker at safety for the past two seasons — last year none recorded a single interception. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "3 things to watch in Notre Dame's spring game," 20 Apr. 2018 The Union are fortunate to be facing LAFC when their star playmaker Carlos Vela is at the World Cup with Mexico. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Borek Dockal makes history, Jim Curtin coaches against his mentor, and other Union observations," 28 June 2018 Much remains unclear about the impetus the Chiefs had to move the mercurial Peters, their most prolific defensive playmaker (19 interceptions in three seasons) but prone to polarizing antics. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Kendall Fuller isn't Marcus Peters, and for the Chiefs, that's kind of the point," 14 June 2018 Coach Jose Pekerman allows his playmaker the freedom to drift wide, drop deep or push forward, depending on his mood. Kevin Baxter,, "Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez lead Colombia into World Cup competition," 11 June 2018 The Atlanta Falcons will open their mandatory minicamp without Julio Jones, one of their most important playmakers. Charles Odum,, "Julio Jones will skip Falcons' minicamp," 11 June 2018 Both teams have a wealth of offensive playmakers, from Rams MVP candidate Gurley to star Falcons receiver Julio Jones. Creg Stephenson,, "Falcons vs. Rams live stream, TV channel, score; NFL playoffs 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 Miguel Almiron is one of MLS’ best playmakers, and Josef Martinez is the league’s top scorer. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Haris Medunjanin returns from suspension motivated for Union's playoff push," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of playmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playmaker

: a skillful player in sports like basketball, soccer, and hockey who makes plays that help a team to score during games

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