Definition of Lonsdale belt in English:

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Lonsdale belt

Pronunciation: /lɒnzdeɪl ˈbɛlt/


An ornate belt awarded to a professional boxer winning a British title fight. A fighter winning three title fights in one weight division is given a belt to keep.
Example sentences
  • If Williams is successful he will get to keep his Lonsdale belt - and could fight John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title by the end of the year.
  • The only sniff Swaby got of the coveted Lonsdale belt was before the fight when it was waved tauntingly under his nose by Hobson's camp.
  • The Huddersfield champion's latest victory means he is only one win away from securing the coveted Lonsdale belt.


Early 20th century: named after the fifth Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Cecil Lowther (1857–1944), who presented the first one.

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