prize·​fight ˈprīz-ˌfīt How to pronounce prizefight (audio)
: a professional boxing match

Examples of prizefight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Virginia created holiday packages resembling a prizefight that ends with an embrace between boxers who have been trying to knock each other out. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 On her daily run passing all manner of wild posts that include images of herself facing off with Mahler, as if promising a live V prizefight between the two of them. Variety, 2 Mar. 2023 The film opens and closes with a fantasy, in which Reis may as well be playing herself: Her alter ego, Kaylee Uppeshau, is backstage at a boxing match, taping her wrists and prepping for a prizefight. Peter Debruge, Variety, 31 Jan. 2022 Alabama got together at Bryant-Denny Stadium for a bloody prizefight between that season’s top heavyweights. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 The most exciting series of the young baseball season, a three-day prizefight between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres that exceeded the sky-high expectations, ended Sunday the way the first two games went. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2021 But the outcome of this prizefight in at Allen Fieldhouse will depend upon the dozens and dozens of small acts within the game. Nick Moyle,, 1 Jan. 2021 Two years of breathless coverage of TikTok as a fresh-faced force of delight and opportunity has made the app feel like an underdog bet in a prizefight against entrenched ne’er-do-wells, such as Trump and Facebook. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2020 For George, the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in the U.S.) also meant a political prizefight at home. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2020

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Word History


earlier, "public sporting contest between two opponents," from prise, price, prize "sporting contest usually between two opponents, as a fencing or wrestling match" + fight entry 2, after prizefighter

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prizefight was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Prizefight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


prize·​fight ˈprīz-ˌfīt How to pronounce prizefight (audio)
: a contest between professional boxers for pay
prizefighter noun
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