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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Mizzou’s defense will struggle to keep up, but does have some quality playmakers. Edgar Thompson,, "Missouri boasts potent offense, is No. 61 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 27 June 2018 Over the past four years, Germany has favored a setup that deploys Mesut Ozil as an advanced midfielder, with Toni Kroos operating as a playmaker in a deeper midfield role. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "What’s the German Word for ‘Cursed at the World Cup’?," 22 June 2018 Donte is an explosive athlete, tremendous playmaker and a big-time winner. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DiVincenzo is more than a one-game wonder. Just ask Marquette.," 21 June 2018 The defense also has several playmakers coming back from a team that finished 10-3 and won a regional. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Blink and high school football season will be here. These are the top Week 1 Indy-area games," 20 June 2018 Could be a matchup issue as a secondary playmaker. ..., "NBA mock drafts 2018: Where the experts have Oregon's Troy Brown Jr. landing," 16 May 2018 Through it all, the affable playmaker remained in contact with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, leading to an opportunity in 2016 to become an assistant coach for the team's developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ira Winderman,, "Anthony Carter still scrapping for Heat, this time in coach mode," 13 July 2018 The playmaker made 35 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring six goals whilst making a further seven assists as Milan finished sixth in the league., "Roma Linked With AC Milan Forward Suso as Rossoneri Look to Ease Financial Worries," 13 July 2018 Despite Wolford’s departure, Wake Forest’s playmakers still include sophomore wide receiver Greg Dortch, who decimated Louisville with 10 catches for 167 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) lose to Wake Forest," 9 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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