wres·​tling | \ˈre-sliŋ, ˈra-;ˈre-sᵊl-iŋ, ˈra-\

Definition of wrestling 

: a sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other

Examples of wrestling in a Sentence

My favorite sport is wrestling. He was on the wrestling team in high school.

Recent Examples on the Web

It was purchased from the @Wrestling4Sale Instagram, an account that deals vintage wrestling clothing. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bad Bunny Is the Goofy Fashion Heartthrob We Need Now," 28 Nov. 2018 At Washington State, Hitchcock had a 97-4 wrestling record and played in the 1956 East-West Shrine football game. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Dustin Wolf posts shutout as Everett scores 4-0 victory over Calgary in WHL action," 20 Nov. 2018 If your child is taught English, science, and math by the assistant wrestling coach, your kids are not going to be able to compete at the collegiate level, and that’s just a fact. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Democrats are banking on a pro-coal, pro-teachers strike candidate to deliver for them in Trump country," 23 July 2018 An Army veteran, wounded in combat, runs the wrestling show. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Great Lakes goes all out with two nights of fireworks," 19 June 2018 Forty-five minutes of sumo wrestling has caused me five years of back pain, so ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Recode Decode," 2 Nov. 2018 Carmen, played by Britney Young, quickly becomes a respected member of the GLOW crew because of her physical agility and knowledge of wrestling. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "10 Body Positive Shows to Watch," 5 Sep. 2018 The Times engages in casual exaggeration, such as referring flippantly to the oceans boiling, in place of wrestling with the hard problem of evidence. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Fuel-Mileage Rules Are No Help to the Climate," 3 Aug. 2018 Mixed martial arts is a competitive sport that includes elements of wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, and kick boxing. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Leon Tabbs, 86, renowned cut man in boxing," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two people try to throw, force, or pin each other to the ground


wres·​tling | \ˈre-sliŋ \

Kids Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two opponents wrestle each other

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