post·​sea·​son | \ˈpōs(t)-ˌsē-zᵊn \
plural postseasons

Definition of postseason 

US, sports

: a period of time immediately after the regular season when teams play against each other in a series of games to determine a champion NFL fans have been complaining that the 2016 postseason is the worst in history.— Michael Salfino The teams will face each other in the postseason. often used before another noun a postseason game/victorytheir postseason record

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The 2017 Astros used postseason relief appearances from starters Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton to mask a vulnerable bullpen. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Latest Postseason Twist: Starting Pitchers That Double as Relievers," 8 Oct. 2018 After reaching the playoffs in 2016 — the team's only postseason appearance since 2009 — the Dolphins regressed to a more familiar 6-10 record in 2017. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Dolphins training camp questions: What will Ryan Tannehill's return mean for Miami?," 25 June 2018 While with the Cubs, Connors was in charge of the pitching staff that took them to the 1984 NL East title, their first postseason appearance in 39 years. Paul Sullivan,, "Former Cubs pitching coach Billy Connors dead at 76," 20 June 2018 The franchise matured into a perennial contender, and for more than a decade Washington has been one of the N.H.L.’s top teams, winning its division eight times in 11 seasons and making 10 postseason appearances over all in that span. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Washington Capitals, After Years of Frustration, Win the Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 The Beavers, who are on the verge of their 11th postseason appearance in the last 14 years, lead the conference in hitting at .327 and are third in ERA at 3.54. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Luke Heimlich, Bryce Fehmel 'and TBA': Oregon State baseball still searching for reliable 3rd starter," 23 May 2018 Before the franchise's first postseason appearance in April, the Knights produced a dramatic battle on the ice. Nihal Kolur,, "The Best of the Vegas Golden Knights Pre-Game Ceremonies," 21 May 2018 The Barons made their first postseason appearance in three years on Thursday. David Carrillo Peñaloza,, "Fountain Valley baseball makes successful playoff return with win at Canyon," 18 May 2018 Adrianne Ross, women’s basketball (2008) Highlights: Two-time honorable mention All-American led TCU on a run of four consecutive postseason appearances. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Iconic TCU linebacker leads class of six Letterman’s Hall of Fame inductees | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postseason

1893, in the meaning defined above

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