playoff

play
noun play·off \ˈplā-ˌȯf\
variants: or less commonly

play–off

Definition of playoff

  1. 1 :  a final contest or series of contests to determine the winner between contestants or teams that have tied

  2. 2 :  a series of contests played after the end of the regular season to determine a championship —often used in plural

First Known Use of playoff

1895


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