welterweight

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noun wel·ter·weight \ˈwel-tər-ˌwāt\

Definition of welterweight

  1. :  a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 147 pounds — compare lightweight, middleweight

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Origin and Etymology of welterweight

welter (probably from 1welt) + weight


First Known Use: circa 1892


WELTERWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

welterweight

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Definition of welterweight for English Language Learners

  • : a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh up to 147 pounds (67 kilograms) : a boxer who is heavier than a lightweight and lighter than a middleweight

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