wel·​ter·​weight ˈwel-tər-ˌwāt How to pronounce welterweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 147 pounds compare lightweight, middleweight

Examples of welterweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James, who easily outdistanced Kobe Bryant of the Lakers in the voting, averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists. 2013 — Floyd Mayweather comes back from a year’s absence to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 The Bellator 291 main card which features a welterweight title fight between Yaroslav Amosov and Logan Storley, will air live on Showtime starting at 1 p.m. The undercard, which will include Bishop’s fight, will be carried live on YouTube starting at 8:25 a.m. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2023 The main card welterweight event featuring Mcgregor and Chandler will begin at 7 p.m. Where is UFC 303? Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2024 Now, the Mira Mesa native and undefeated welterweight (30-0, 17 KOs) just needs a target. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for welterweight 

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Word History


welter "a heavyweight horseman or boxer" (of obscure origin) + weight entry 1

Note: Compare welter in Joseph Wright, English Dialect Dictionary: "anything large of its kind; a 'whopper'" (attestation mostly from west Midlands).

First Known Use

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of welterweight was circa 1892

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“Welterweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welterweight. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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wel·​ter·​weight ˈwel-tər-ˌwāt How to pronounce welterweight (audio)
: a boxer in a weight division having an upper limit of 147 pounds

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