pugilist

noun pu·gi·list \ ˈpyü-jə-list \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of pugilist

: fighter; especially : a professional boxer

Examples of pugilist in a Sentence

  1. a pugilist with the trademark of the boxing ring: a nose that showed signs of having been broken on more than one occasion

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First Known Use of pugilist

circa 1740

in the meaning defined above

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  • : a professional boxer


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