sig·​nal-call·​er ˈsig-nᵊl-ˈkȯ-lər How to pronounce signal-caller (audio)
plural signal-callers
American football
: quarterback
… one of the most-talented quarterbacks in the game, a signal-caller who leads a well-balanced offense on a team that is so confident and cool it acts as if it were going to the movies instead of Super Bowl XXVIII.Mike Freeman

Examples of signal-caller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lollar found Tay Gaiter for a 22-yard touchdown pass to cap his first possession as a varsity signal-caller. Preps, al, 15 Sep. 2023 Oklahoma pledge Jaydan Hardy, a four-star safety and the area’s No. 3 player, is a four-year starter, and quarterback Ethan Terrell — a Jackson State pledge — is in his third year as the signal-caller. Greg McKenna, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 Stopping the Eagles on Sunday starts with their star signal-caller. Ben Volin,, 10 Sep. 2023 The former Florida signal-caller completed 24-of-37 passes for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception and ran for 40 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries against Jacksonville. Mark Inabinett |, al, 10 Sep. 2023 But that's a whopping 30 years of signal-caller stability between Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Emmett Prosser, Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2023 Other standout signal-callers include Joe Burrow (26), Josh Allen (27), Justin Herbert (25), Lamar Jackson (26) and Trevor Lawrence (23). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 Third-year linebacker Ernest Jones is the signal-caller for a young unit that includes edge rusher Michael Hoecht. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Denver Broncos signal-caller Russell Wilson's five-year, $242.5 million contract extension from last September hits its highest cap hit ($58.4 million) in 2026. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signal-caller was in 1915

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“Signal-caller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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