noun Football.

(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
their positions considered as a unit.
the area where the backs play.

Origin of backfield

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + field Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backfield

Contemporary Examples of backfield

Historical Examples of backfield

  • Dick had been busily engaged in making up his line and backfield.

  • "Two in the line and two in the backfield is good," jeered Tim.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • You see our backfield was pretty light and the wet field slowed them up.

    Left Half Harmon

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Suddenly Stover, in the backfield, watching like a cat, started forward with a cry.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • The backfield coach has the picking of men for their positions.

    Football Days

    William H. Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for backfield


noun American football

the backfield (sometimes functioning as plural) the quarterback and running backs in a team
the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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