Definition of libero in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈliːbərəʊ/

noun (plural liberos)

Another term for sweeper (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • In soccer the bulk of media and fan attention is paid to the midfield liberos or the prolific goal-scorers.
  • Ballack's former life as a libero has ensured that he shares with Matthaus a rare ability to shore up the midfield as well as punctuate it with important passes and well-timed surges into opponents' penalty boxes.
  • Oxford's men's team were missing their enigmatic libero (a specialist passer), Denis Zuev, but Benjamin Collier confidently took his place.


1960s: from Italian, abbreviation of battitore libero 'free defender', literally 'free beater'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: li¦bero

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.