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ring·​side ˈriŋ-ˌsīd How to pronounce ringside (audio)
: the area just outside a ring especially in which a contest occurs
: a place that affords a close view


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: being at the ringside
a ringside seat

Example Sentences

Noun We were seated at ringside.
Recent Examples on the Web
Before his time as a ringside doctor, Bynum was primarily a family physician and obstetrician, often cutting short family events to zip off to the hospital to help deliver babies. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 Spring for an overpriced spritz and look out on a view for the ages, or book well in advance for a ringside seat to the city’s famous Palio. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2023 And when the ringside doctor affirmed that Holyfield could continue, the fight went on — until, later in the round, when Tyson chomped on Holyfield’s left ear, which prompted Mr. Lane to disqualify him for good. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2022 Meanwhile, Juno will get a ringside seat every 38 days, with the Europa flyby reducing its orbit of Jupiter from 43 days. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 The public will sit socially distanced ringside at an outdoor arena learning ways Lipizzan horses learn to dance with professional trainers. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 13 Nov. 2020 Veteran promoter Bob Arum was among the first to congratulate Navarrete on his win, sitting ringside near one of boxing's top trainers, Robert Garcia. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 Feb. 2023 Then Miz jumped into a fan’s arms at ringside; presumably Paul is an even bigger villain than Miz. Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2022 Fury hurt a visibly exhausted Wilder again in the eighth with two huge shots, and the ringside doctor examined Wilder before allowing the fight to continue into the ninth. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021
Because of their network of telescope sites, Slooh will have a ringside seat to this event and so will everyone tuning in. Arvind Suresh (editor), Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2014 The expressive descriptions of her field trips to Siberia are the most engaging sections of the book, providing a ringside seat to the discomforts and thrills of a geological expedition. Marcia Bartusiak, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 The ringside physician interprets the results and decides who can or cannot fight. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Ayres, a seventysomething lifelong Republican, has a ringside seat on the partisan generation gap facing the GOP. Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Riverside seating is at a premium, with just a few tables on the terrace above the sidewalk, but those tables are like a ringside seat in New Orleans. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 And this combination has given him a ringside seat in watching how the pandemic has changed the way teachers teach and children learn. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 28 June 2021 As editor of the FT, Barber also had a ringside seat for two of the biggest business stories of his lifetime: the 2008 financial crisis and its long aftermath of austerity in Europe, and the 2016 Brexit vote. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2021 Rahaman Ali had a ringside seat for nearly all of his brother’s life. Tim Sullivan, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ringside was in 1849

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“Ringside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringside. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the area just outside a ring (as at a prizefight)
ringside adjective
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