bleacher

[ blee-cher ]
/ ˈbli tʃər /
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noun

Usually bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
a person or thing that bleaches.
a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.

Origin of bleacher

1540–50; 1885–90 for def 1; bleach + -er1
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bleacher


n.

1540s, "one who bleaches," agent noun from bleach (v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, American English; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

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