Definition of goaltender in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡōlˌtendər/


North American
A player in soccer or hockey whose special role is to stop the ball or puck from entering the goal.
Example sentences
  • Scott Stevens has shown in this year's playoffs that impact players don't have to be goal scorers or goaltenders.
  • The new rules restricting puck handling by goaltenders in the corners below the goal line inhibits one of Brodeur's greatest assets.
  • The opposition's top line and goaltender are obvious key players, but that doesn't tell the whole story of their teams.

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Syllabification: goal·tend·er

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