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

This is destined to join a long list of historical wrestling moments and where better to hold it than at Madison Square Garden. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling set for Madison Square Garden show in 2019," 13 July 2018 Gilpin has been open about how her role — which requires her to do her own wrestling stunts — has both changed her relationship with her body and empowered her overall. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Team on Emmy Noms: Female-Led Shows Are "Not a Trend"," 12 July 2018 Last week's call-up of young prospect Kyle Tucker meant another pro wrestling theme song was added to the mix of Astros' walk-up music. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Kyle Tucker adds John Cena to Astros' walk-up song playlist," 11 July 2018 Many of those interviewed for the film still work in the wrestling business – either behind the scenes or meeting fans at autograph shows and conventions. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wrestlers' hard life on the road chronicled in new documentary," 11 July 2018 What ensued was a scene out of a pro wrestling feud. Simon Samano, USA TODAY, "Brock Lesnar will be eligible to compete in UFC starting in January 2019, USADA says," 9 July 2018 Like Brooks, Gracia sees a revolution in pro wrestling that’s celebrating a diverse group of women and their strengths. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Women’s wrestling now spotlights athleticism and skills over looks," 3 July 2018 Anybody who knows about Ric Flair's legendary career knows his daughter is now one of the top wrestling stars in the WWE. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Ric Flair's daughter, WWE star Charlotte Flair, featured naked in ESPN's 'Body Issue'," 27 June 2018 Clean finishes are not always possible in pro wrestling, but Saturday’s New Japan show gave viewers nine matches with nine legitimate finishes. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Takeaways From New Japan, WWE and UFC After a Night in July That Changed the Business," 8 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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