playoff

noun
play·​off | \ ˈplā-ˌȯf How to pronounce playoff (audio) \
variants: or less commonly play-off

Definition of playoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a final contest, series of contests, or period of play to determine the winner between contestants or teams that have tied a golf tournament decided by an 18-hole playoff a sudden-death playoff
2 : a series of contests played after the end of the regular season to determine a championship usually plural except when used before another noun Will you watch the playoffs?got tickets to a playoff game

play off

verb
played off; playing off; plays off

Definition of play off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to set in opposition for one's own gain
b : to set in contrast
2 : to complete the playing of (an interrupted contest)
3 : to break (a tie) by a playoff

Examples of playoff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Again, Kara is the personal publicist of an NFL quarterback whose team made the playoffs last year. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 Greg Sanders beat Adam Baxter on the first hole of a playoff to capture the Alaska state match play golf championship Sunday at Settlers Bay. Anchorage Daily News, "Greg Sanders wins Alaska match play title on 1st playoff hole," 27 June 2018 A year later, Rodgers lost in a playoff to Bob Charles in the 1963 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. NBC News, "Phil Rodgers, 5-time PGA Tour winner and noted teacher, dies," 27 June 2018 To get qualification, Australia needed to overcome underdogs Syria in a two-leg playoff for the right to battle Honduras. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Will there be redemption for Mat Ryan and Australia this World Cup?," 15 June 2018 During Callahan’s sophomore year in 2016, a strong junior class powered Glenelg to a playoff upset over Marriotts Ridge and all the way the program’s first state title since 2008. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg senior Anna Callahan seizes girls lacrosse Player of the Year honors," 12 June 2018 The upgrades at the corners, along with the young talent already on the roster, have excited a long-suffering Padres fan base that’s never experienced a World Series title nor seen a playoff series victory since the 1998 NLCS win over Atlanta. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado," 20 Feb. 2019 Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff sets up a play against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Divisional playoff game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Talk With Legendary Rams Quarterback Warren Beatty," 23 Jan. 2019 Twenty-four teams have won a playoff game since Trout broke into the big leagues. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of playoff

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for playoff

play-off

noun
\ ˈplā-ˌȯf\

Kids Definition of play-off

: a game or series of games to determine a championship or to break a tie

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