post·​sea·​son ˈpōs(t)-ˌsē-zᵊn How to pronounce postseason (audio)
plural postseasons
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Aztecs catcher Cali Decker, who has hit .550 with three home runs and 13 RBIs during the six-game postseason run, said the team can draw from that. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2023 May 24, 2023 Dadonov had four points and six assists this postseason. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 24 May 2023 Well, players must be paid $10,000 for each appearance during the regular season and $15,000 in the postseason, under the CBA. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 14 May 2023 All the teams that missed the postseason are in the Wembanyama Sweepstakes. Brian Mahoney, Chron, 13 May 2023 Stars matter in the postseason, and no offense to Murray, Denver is running behind on that count. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2023 McClanahan became the first pitcher ever to make his major league debut in the postseason, relieving in four games, including once in the World Series. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 12 May 2023 Learning how to get through it together while maintaining their respective approaches and not trying to do too much in big moments can all pay off in September, when a postseason appearance might be on the line. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2023 The Celtics have a talented roster with postseason experience. Nicole Yang,, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postseason was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Postseason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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