welterweight

noun
wel·​ter·​weight | \ ˈwel-tər-ˌwāt How to pronounce welterweight (audio) \

Definition of welterweight

: 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 Jimmy studied the welterweight and fought Floyd Patterson before pivoting to life as a trainer. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 While Ugas facing Pacquiao is the headline bout on the fight card, there is another intriguing welterweight fight on the undercard which will feature Robert Guerrero (36-6-1) taking on Victor Ortiz (32-6-3). oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 But Nick Diaz, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion and a veteran of several unforgettable fights during MMA’s competitive adolescence, looms even larger after his lengthy absence from the sport. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 But Nick Diaz, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion and a veteran of several unforgettable fights during MMA’s competitive adolescence, looms even larger after his lengthy absence from the sport. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2021 Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugás will fight for the WBA welterweight title Saturday. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2021 Errol Spence had to back out of the main event of his August 21 welterweight title fight with Manny Pacquiao because of a retinal tear in his left eye. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2021 Tony DeMarco was fearless and ferocious in the ring, an undisputed world welterweight title holder, the son of Italian immigrants, born in the North End and raised but a short walk from Paul Revere’s house. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Benavidez's older brother, José Benavidez Jr., is the co-main event on the card, fighting Francisco Emanuel Torres of Argentina in his return to the ring at super welterweight after three years since his last fight. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of welterweight

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for welterweight

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).

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“Welterweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welterweight. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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welterweight

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English Language Learners Definition of welterweight

: 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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