pu·​gi·​list | \ ˈpyü-jə-list How to pronounce pugilist (audio) \

Definition of pugilist

: fighter especially : a professional boxer

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Examples of pugilist in a Sentence

a pugilist with the trademark of the boxing ring: a nose that showed signs of having been broken on more than one occasion
Recent Examples on the Web Each of the pugilists landed a couple of solid shots. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin were the headliners, but it was T.J. Oshie who stole the show here Wednesday night when the Bruins and Capitals, the NHL’s two best teams this season, went head to head at Capital One Arena.," 13 Dec. 2019 And, in the center of all this activity stood boxing rings with young pugilists training or exchanging blows while round buzzers buzzed on cue. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rubén Rosario: An old Midway warehouse mixes ballet, boxing and more," 15 Nov. 2019 Unlike their pugilist forebears, Adesanya and Usman are very much 21st Century-type stars with global identities and influences. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "One of the world’s fastest-growing sports is building its brand around these Nigerian stars," 2 Nov. 2019 The wreck ejected the world champion pugilist, who was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Boxing champ Errol Spence Jr. hospitalized after being ejected from Ferrari in Dallas," 10 Oct. 2019 Undefeated Japanese Champion Masahiro (Yusuke Ogasawara) is preparing for the biggest fight of his life: A showdown with Clint Sullivan, a down-and-out American pugilist enlisted to defend his country's honor and redeem himself in the process. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "'In Full Bloom' Wins Oldenburg Independence Award," 16 Sep. 2019 Words were exchanged, Armenta got out of his vehicle and the pugilists went after each other until conditioning became a factor. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Favorite stewards’ ruling of the year," 29 July 2019 For nearly a century, Alabama was ruled by Democrats, most infamously George Wallace, the bantamweight pugilist of Barbour County who reigned as supreme governor for 16 years and a day. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The battle for Alabama’s soul," 1 July 2019 Watching this play out in real time recalled reports about the early days of the Trump presidency, when competing factions would sneak provocative articles onto his desk in hopes of swaying his opinion and triggering his pugilist instincts. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Battle for Kanye West Is Happening in Real Time," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of pugilist

circa 1740, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pugilist was circa 1740

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3 Jan 2020

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“Pugilist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pugilist. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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old-fashioned + somewhat formal : a professional boxer

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