Definition of welterweight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɛltəweɪt/


[mass noun]
1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between lightweight and middleweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 63.5-67 kg.
Example sentences
  • The merciless street-fighter known as the ‘fists of stone’ went on to win world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.
  • Henry Armstrong held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight simultaneously and won 150 fights.
  • At the 2003 Pan American Games, the USA qualified a spot in three divisions: featherweight, welterweight and super heavyweight.
1.1 [count noun] A welterweight boxer or other competitor.
Example sentences
  • Barnes added: ‘We're two of the best welterweights in the country going head to head so there is a lot of anticipation.’
  • Margarito is one of the fiercest welterweights to come along in years.
  • During World War II, he competed as a welterweight for the Air Force, boxing in Australia and New Guinea.


Early 19th century: welter of unknown origin.

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