play·​mak·​er | \ ˈplā-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce playmaker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce playmaking (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of playmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web FC Cincinnati could also be debuting former Ajax playmaker Siem de Jong. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Preview, prediction for FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC in the MLS Is Back Tournament," 11 July 2020 Has great vision and excels both as a scorer and playmaker. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings options with No. 4 draft pick: Who will they likely take?," 27 June 2020 By making contact with the receiver, Lewis can feel where the receiver is going while his eyes tell him when and where the ball is coming, which is a big reason Lewis has developed a reputation as a playmaker. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Who is the better Cowboys CB — Jourdan Lewis or Anthony Brown?," 6 July 2020 Jalen is an outstanding blocker, route runner and playmaker. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler WR Jalen Richmond commits to Boise State football," 1 July 2020 Hayes is a dynamic and crafty playmaker from France who greatly evolved during his pro season in the top league in Germany in 2019-20. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA mock draft: Assessing the stocks of Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin in first-round outlook," 25 June 2020 Can Pogba and playmaker Bruno Fernandes, who has excelled since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January, play together in midfield? Mark Heim |, al, "Premier League’s Tottenham vs. Manchester United (6/19): Watch online, time, TV, free live stream," 19 June 2020 Dumars was never the Pistons' lead initiator, but was still a great playmaker as an off guard. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons all-time draft: Both rosters stacked with studs, but which team wins?," 18 June 2020 More than anything, Kingsbury wants a dynamic playmaker at quarterback who is comfortable in a spread-option offense, and Kaepernick fits the bill. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Colin Kaepernick NFL team odds: Arizona Cardinals listed among possibilities," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of playmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2020

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“Playmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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